Egress windows can add living space to homes without changing the size or footprint of the house. Basements are being transformed into recreation rooms, bedrooms and offices. As these types of living spaces are considered, homeowners must be aware that emergency exists must be provided for below-ground spaces. Egress windows are easy-to-open windows that serve as below ground emergency exits and are required by law. They provide fresh air circulation throughout the basement and allow sunlight in. The size must be considered for need and purpose and it must be aesthetically pleasing. The MDCC expects that the egress windows will be designed to be as unobtrusive as possible and match the home with regard to material, design and color. They should not be visible from the street. The material can be concrete block, tiered wooden timbers, and certain prefabricated composites or fiberglass. Some of these systems are well-designed and can be an asset to the property while others are only utilitarian.
When adding a below-grade window, think about what you will see when looking out the window from inside. All exterior portions of the window well seen above grade (except for a clear cover) must be painted the color of the house adjacent to the unit. Consider adding color with flower plantings on tiered steps or texture with the chosen form or material. Include color samples of materials and a landscaping plan.
Contractors must follow local building codes for proper egress window installation.
Written approval from the Muirfield Design Control Committee must be obtained before installation takes place.
Provide design review fee of $15.00.
What to Include with this Application
To avoid delays and to prevent the application from being tabled, please ensure the application is filled out completely and include
two copies of the application and two each of all relevant materials (samples, photos, drawings, site maps, brochures, etc.) plus the design review fee.
One copy will be returned to the submitter. Include the following:
A site plan of the property that shows the footprint of the house, location of the proposed egress window, dimensions of the work area and distance from the property line
A detailed elevation drawing showing the above grade dimension
Details of materials proposed for use including color, style, samples and brochures
Photos of the area where the proposed changes will take place
Proposed landscaping for the area
Design Review fee payment of $15.00.
Expected Date of Completion
If you have any questions, please contact the Association office, 614-889-0922.