The egress window is intended to be an emergency escape, so the number one thing to keep in mind is that you should never fully block access. That being said, you don’t have to treat it like a completely unused area of the basement, either. There are several ways you can use the egress window area without blocking it, and make a big difference in the way you use your basement. Let’s take a look at 10 incredible egress window ideas that you can put to good use in 2016.
- Small Garden: The egress window needs steps or a ladder to allow easy escape in case of an emergency. The steps need to be durable and sturdy, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be decorative. Create an area for a small flower garden, herb garden, or vegetable garden.
- Faux Garden: Real gardens require maintenance. Get the appearance of a nice garden without all the hard work by installing a faux garden with lovely silk plants and gravel.
- Reading Nook: Build a nice reading nook where you can sit quietly and relax with a good book, your smartphone, or your tablet – depending on your reading preferences.
- Craft Nook: Build storage and a small table to use for crafting, scrapbooking, or another hobby.
- Pillow Room: Make sure the egress window is covered with a durable material and that it doesn’t leak. Add several large windows to the area and simply relax.
- Outdoor Play Area: Add some sand and a few beach toys to create a nice play area for children. Alternatively, add mulch and a removable swing that can hang from the window frame when the window is open.
- Pet Area: Pets love to play outside even if it’s a very small outside area. Add grass or an artificial grass rug so you can throw the ball outside for your dog or allow your cat to go romp in the grass.
- Faux Fish Tank: Install a simple large window and add decals to resemble water. Hang fake fish from the egress window well cover and other areas above the window or add decals to the window to create an amazing faux fish tank.
- Storage Bench: The area in front of an egress window is a beautiful spot to add a storage bench for extra seating.
- Wood Storage: Install a sturdy egress window well cover, and use the egress window to store a couple of days worth of wood for your fireplace.
Egress windows are a wonderful way to add natural light to your basement and provide several ways to dress it up. Check out some of the other basement designs, windows, and doors we’ve helped homeowners with over time. Give us a call at our Maryland office at 410-877-6112, our Delaware office at 302-793-9352, or our cell 443-309-1206 to discuss your 2016 remodeling projects in detail or to schedule a consultation.