Product Reviews for Basement Window Installation – Husqvarna Saws

Husqvarna K970 Chainsaw

As more and more enterprising homeowners take charge of their own basement remodel, we thought we’d offer some tips and tricks straight from the contractors. Here are our thoughts on three of the most popular saws used for cutting windows in concrete walls. A basement window installation for egress is …Continue reading

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Basement Escape Window – Not Just for Fire

no means of egress

A means of egress is an essential in any basement apartment – both legally, and practically. But it’s not only fire than makes installing a basement escape window an important idea; as one Pennsylvania woman recently discovered. When Rosalyn Willis, 59, journeyed into the basement of her Berks county home, …Continue reading

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Fiberglass Window Wells for a Tight Space

Rockwell Elite Egress Well in a bedroom

When space is at a premium, our fiberglass window wells might be the answer. Recently, we received a question from a homeowner in Baltimore; who was refurbishing their basement, but was facing trouble fitting a code-compliant basement window. “I live in an old 1950s townhouse,” wrote David Cearn, “and we …Continue reading

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Complying with Basement Egress Code Affordably


We helped one homeowner find an affordable solution to comply with the basement egress code for his rental apartment. “When I rented out my basement, I hoped I’d be earning money from it,” writes Jeff Kotzer, from Sitzer, Wisconsin. “But after the township found out, I ended up facing a …Continue reading

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Stay EPA Compliant When Installing Egress Windows


We’ve found a great product contractors will love; which helps them stick to new Environmental Protection Agency regulations when installing egress windows in the basement. Installing egress windows is a straightforward job – but it’s also a messy one. Contractors and homeowners looking to cut through brick, stone, masonry and …Continue reading

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Illegal Basement Apartments Beware: More Cities are Checking Code


Hundreds of thousands of homeowners are renting out basement apartments – but many of them aren’t up to code and therefore illegal. In addition to being dangerous, failure to install safety features like escape windows could lead to hefty fines and penalties if they’re discovered. There are a lot of …Continue reading

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Window Boxes to Brighten Up Your Basement


Britney made her basement blossom with window boxes added to her egress well. Philadelphia resident Britney Clark is loving living on her own for the first time – and hasn’t let any of the stereotypes about nightmarish “first apartments” come true. “My parents thought I was crazy when I said …Continue reading

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Window Well Pictures – Before and After


Before and after pictures of Elite window wells by RockWell installed for a newly constructed home’s finished basement. Tweet

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Basement Apartment Fire in Trenton Demonstrates Importance of Egress Code


National building code requires all basement apartments to have a safe means of egress – but many are rented out without this vital safety feature. Doing so, however risks deadly consequences. In Trenton, New Jersey, firefighters were recently called to a blaze in a busy residential neighborhood – in which …Continue reading

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Making a Mother Daughter Apartment Safe and Legal


When newly single Jess needed to move back in with her mother, she had some ideas to help keep her sense of independence. “You know, I never imagined I’d be married and divorced, all before I hit thirty,” admits customer Jess Mally, from New Hampshire. “It’s a big blow to …Continue reading

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Hi, I'm Jeff. I will be using this space to share my thoughts and opinions that I have accumulated over many years in the building industry. My hope is to also teach and inspire.

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Jeff Ommundsen
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President of Shop Egress Windows, Inc.