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Thread: Basement Layout

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    Quote Originally Posted by stealth View Post
    I believe they meet code as they are 4'X2'.
    There is also a requirement for distance from the floor something like 5ft maximum distance don't recall that actual number off hand.
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    I couldn't find anything indicating that.

    If push came to shove and it wasn't compliant I would just make the room into a play room or something else.

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    I was just mentioning it so you'd have the chance to cut them bigger at the start of the project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JugZ View Post
    I was just mentioning it so you'd have the chance to cut them bigger at the start of the project.
    I am sure that would be pretty expensive, have you had to do this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stealth View Post
    I am sure that would be pretty expensive, have you had to do this?
    No, but my friend did. It's manageable, I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stealth View Post
    I couldn't find anything indicating that.
    I had someone come by and quote 3 basement windows one of which was in an existing bedroom of an already finished basement (1970's). The one estimator I brought in to look at it to get a ballpark idea of cost was the one that mentioned there being a required distance from the floor to the bottom of the window. It wasn't something I verified for myself and is why I don't recall the exact number he told me.

    I did a bit of Googling and I found this for Lethbridge from 2014 so it is somewhat recent still. So the estimator could have been stretching things to try and milk the quote for the extra 1.2k he wanted to make the window deeper.
    http://www.lethbridge.ca/Doing-Busin...20Bulletin.pdf


    There is no set maximum sill height for the bedroom windows. Therefore, it is possible to install a window or
    skylight that satisfies the requirements, but defeat the intent when the sill height is so high that it cannot be
    reached for escape purposes. It is recommended that the sills of windows intended for use as emergency escape
    be no higher than 1.5m (5’-0”) above the floor. When it is unavoidable to have a sill higher than 1.5m, access to
    the window should be improved by some means, such as built-in furniture installed below the window.
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    Thanks for that info.

    I will try to call the city and verify if this applies to us in Edmonton.

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    Slightly related...
    Does anyone know if a grab bar is a code requirement in a shower?

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    Grab bar is not a code requirement.

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