Adding an Egress Window in an Old House #4 Finished

So finally we have the fourth and final post of this little egress window adventure. Would I do it again? Sure – it’s not that bad. But I will admit it would have been a lot easier 21 years ago when I was 40. This is a long post – so I can move on to the next project. This one’s done.

1 single sideTime to attach the window well. I chose a Bilco Scapewel. This is their smallest model 40-48. The wide window frame allows the panel to be attached through the frame into the foundation. This gives the inside of the well a seamless look. I tried to attach the side panel mounting flanges with stainless steel sleeve anchors, but ended up with 1/4″ X 3 1/2″ Tapcons which held in the block foundation much better. You can see I’ve used my water table jack to hold the side up for attachment.

2 double sideThe other side attached. You need a minimum of 12″ on the outside for the panel to attach the flange and fill with gravel.

3 back onThe two back panels snap into place and are held with 2 1/2″ deck screws to prevent them from detaching when filling with gravel.

4 bracingCross braces are added to keep the well square. I have a top that snaps over the well and it must be within 1″ of square or the top won’t fit.

5 rock startPressure treated braces are added under the well sides. This is to keep the weight of the gravel fill from pulling the side panel flanges away from the foundation wall.

6 drainThe drain is set in the approximate place as the drainage gravel is added.

7 gravelThe 4 ton pile of gravel is slowly shrinking as the well gets filled.

8 gravel doneThe well is filled by hand evenly around the outside. This keeps everything square and makes sure the drainage rock is uniform.

9 well viewThe rock is leveled and filled up to 4″ of the side panels. Final grade will be set when the back yard is finish graded.

10 concrete paversSince I had some old 16″ square concrete pavers laying around, I thought I would put a solid bottom in the well.

11 pavers installedYou can only do this if you have a direct drain to take up the excess water. There is 18″ of drainage rock underneath the pavers, just in case.  We had a very heavy rainstorm last night  and I had a tiny leak from a missed caulk joint. I’ll take up the pavers and fix and add some flashing. It won’t be a problem once I have gutters and the cover attached.

12 window closedThe Tilt & Turn window is perfect as an egress window. Aluplast is a German company that licenses their technology and components to various fabricators around the U.S.  It’s a very solid all vinyl window.

13 window open Turn the handle horizontally and the window opens like a door for emergency egress.

14 window ventedTurn the handle up and the top opens like a hopper window for ventilation. A removable screen keeps the bugs out.

15 window well viewThe well has a ‘step’ that is also a planter, so you can have a few live plants to spruce up your well.

So that’s it for the window well adventure. I had fun and took lots of pictures. Sort of like a vacation – but without the sunburn.

On we march – lots to do….

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8 thoughts on “Adding an Egress Window in an Old House #4 Finished

  1. Hi D’Arcy! Well at least it’s finished – more than I can say for the rest of this place. Too bad it’s not big enough for a barbeque grill…

  2. Well we can relate to your heartfelt comments there. We also wish we had done all this twenty years ago when we were forty & forty two respectively….. hang on, haven’t we been labouring on French house project ( on and off ) for nine years this year???????????

    And the moral of this is, don’t try to renovate in only four weeks each year whilst living in another country

    • I feel your pain – but 4 weeks a year? It’s amazing what you have done to your place. I think senior renovating is a new trend – sure it’s much more expensive than a gym membership – but it’s so much more fun.

    • Hi Suburbanbetty! Thanks – I’ll enjoy following your blog. I am glad for no more digging – but so much more to do.

    • Thanks again Chris. This was a little more difficult project because I’m getting too old to dig in the dirt like a teenager.

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