11:09PM | 02/25/05
Member Since: 11/30/04
2 lifetime posts

I am in the process of finishing my basement and by code need to add an egress to the basement. For clarification, the International Code now states that an external egress for each bedroom, and one egress if there is no bedroom.

My wife and I have debated on the direction to take. At first, the window well seems less intrusive with less potentional for water issues. As we started looking for contractors to do the work, it is evident that not may have done window wells and have been steering us to the bilco doors.

We do not know if they are suggesting the doors because they are more familiar with them or if their knowledge suggests that more water issues are likely with the window.

In either case, the window well quotes have been between $2800. to $3800. The bilco door quotes have been between $4500. and $5000.

If the bilco doors are a better option with less water potential, would you pay the extra $2000.?

Thanks so much.


06:04AM | 03/03/05
Member Since: 02/13/03
90 lifetime posts
I just built a house and put in two Bilco-Scapewells. These are a plastic window well with steps that can have plants in them. They bolt right to the foundation. They beat the heck out of the metal corrugated ones, for appearances anyway. I have a Form A Drain tile around my basement footing so I ran a piece of 4 inch tile from the bottom of the well to the pea gravel surrounding my form-a-drain. Then I put a bunch of septic rock in the window well surrounding the tile I put in and lined the whole bottom of the well with the rock.

This gives water a easy an escape to the drain tile.

The scapewells I put in were $500 each. Installation was free cuz I did it myself.


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