Adding an egress window to new construction is roughly around $800-$1200; adding to a retro-fit is roughly $2,000 to $3,500. Add a bedroom to the basement is much less costly and time consuming to add in a bedroom of the house. However, as in any other remodeling project, adding a basement room to take some time and planning.
Finishing off a basement is a great choice for homeowners. It makes more use of your entire house, it doesn’t require costly additions because the space is already there, and it adds value to your home. Finished rooms in the lower level are listed under the Basement Finish section on these property records.
Egress windows must be put in any basement if you are planning on having a bedroom or living area. Egress windows are required in every room used for sleeping purposes (bedrooms) on any floor and in basements with habitable space. If you are constructing a new home, the code requires that you put an egress window in each bedroom. Egress means a way out or exit, so a basement egress window is an exit or means of escape generally in case of fire. Basement windows used to be tiny spaces that allowed a slight amount of light into the basement.
Heating ducts typically run in the ceiling of the basement (since there is not an empty floor below to run the ducts). Ducts extending from the ceiling down to the floor help heat the cold floors of the basement. If cold air returns are needed they can come from the ceiling or be brought down the walls also. Usually a standard basement comes with a few basement heats and you may just be lucky enough that you can hook up into one of them.
All plans for a finished basement installation are subject to all applicable local building codes and regulations, including, without limitation, if applicable, the issuance of valid building permit(s). As the installation of the finished basement takes place, each and every mechanical trade, including Heating and cooling, Plumbing, Fireplace and Electrical must be inspected. If any of these inspections happen to fail, all corrections must be made in order to continue with the work schedule.
Finished rooms in the Basement are listed under the Basement Finish section of property records. Finishing space in the basement is especially great for creating rooms that can be used in order to get away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the house. You can actually get work done in office space in the basement because you are not right next to the living room or the kitchen (rooms which tend to be the activity hubs of the house).
As always just be sure to do your homework when trying to find the best contractor for the job. The lowest price is not always the best way to go and if you choose to make your final decision on just that fact, be prepared to be disappointed most of the time.