Basement appartment in Laval

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Posted by: from Laval
11/3/2012 at 9:45:06 AM

Do they require a escape window or a full second door by code?

What is the cost difference between a new larger window and full bylow grade door?

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Date/Time11/3/2012 at 11:11:06 AM

Good Morning:

It really doesn't matter what is the code for the area. For most, downstairs bedrooms have to have an egress window. (large enough to open and fit through as an emeg exit).

There have been fires in which the tennants were killed because of fire and code regs not being adhered to.

As for your question of a door vs a large window, the window is certainly the most reasonable and will be the best for cost and not having water intrude into the basement . (below ground basements)

All you would need is the window to be large enough to gain access through and to make sure that the well is large enough as well. The door however, would require extra drainage at the entrance and stairs to code for access.

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Date/Time11/3/2012 at 12:08:56 PM

Hi there,

When it comes to code, there are minimum requirements from province to province. As for costs, those also will vary and depend upon structural weight load and loads on the area.

If I were you I would look at the egress window option I could be the lesser of the two, but think about safety first ! If your looking for a free estimate I am sure there are many reputable company's out east.

Good luck!

Joey (Tiger) Arruda Calgary

Jarruda& TigerClaw contracting

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Date/Time11/3/2012 at 3:37:15 PM

If your going to put larger windows you just better off putting in a doors so that you have a separate entrance.

Code requires a separate entrance door for a basement apartment.

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CPC Universal Group in Calgary
Date/Time11/3/2012 at 4:14:41 PM


Yes, for safety purposes and city code, we must have at least a window for fire escape in a basement suite, or equivalent 2 doors, 1 back and 1 in front.


Andreas Pirelli

CPC Universal Group


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Date/Time11/5/2012 at 9:45:55 AM


You need a window 2'x3' or a second exit.

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