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Basement Window Replacement - no bedrooms, need egress window?

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Posted by: from Ottawa (nepean)
4/23/2020 at 7:15:55 PM

I need to replace the windows in my finished basement in my Ottawa single family home. There aren't any bedrooms in the basement, just a laundry room, storage room and a family room (with TV, etc.). Can I just simply replace the existing old drafty windows with new energy saving windows (same dimensions), or am I required to replace them with an egress window?

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Dave from 360renos in Ottawa
Date/Time4/24/2020 at 8:42:35 AM

Good morning Brian,

You would be able to replace the windows in the same size they currently are.

Cheers

Dave

360renos.ca

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Tyler from Kirk's Renovations in London
Date/Time4/24/2020 at 9:29:14 AM

City Bylaws may differ and I'm not familiar with Ottawa's. But as far as the building code is concerned, as long as the basement is not a separate dwelling, it does not need egress windows.

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Date/Time4/24/2020 at 9:38:07 AM

If you have no bedrooms then you are not required to put an egress window in only if it's a bedroom. I do recommend however if you're replacing the windows anyways you might want to spend an extra 1500 to $2,000 to get an egress for safety and to let natural light in. Bottom line having an egress window in the basement can save lives.

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Stephen from S.D.M. Framing Ltd. in Waldheim
Date/Time4/24/2020 at 10:26:17 AM

I totally agree with Jeff.

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