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Recently, the Washington Examiner wrote a story about the importance of checking local rules on egress windows before beginning renovations. Egress windows are: “windows that big enough and low enough so that occupants can escape through the opening in an emergency, such as a fire. In the United States, exact specifications for emergency windows in bedrooms are given in many building codes. Vehicles, such as buses and aircraft, frequently have emergency exit windows as well.” (Wikipedia)

I’m quoted in the article by the Examiner and state a few points that homeowners should be aware of. To read the article, click here.

If you’re planning a basement renovation, which may include adding a bedroom in this space, you’ll need to consider whether an egress window will be part of your project. Merrick has worked with many homeowners on this issue, guiding them them through this part of the process and the rest of their successful basement renovations.

If you have questions on the use of egress windows or other renovation questions, please contact me at (301) 946-2356 or dmerrick@mdbi.us.

David Merrick