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?
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.
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.
Joey (Tiger) Arruda Calgary
Jarruda& TigerClaw contracting
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.
CPC Universal Group
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