A common question hear all the time is "what is an egress window" ? Essentially an egress window is a fire escape window for any occupied finished basement in the country. The requirement became part of the International Residential Code in 1997 that all basements require an egress window. From experience throughout the years I have concluded that about 90% of our calls are from customers that are looking to sell or in the middle of selling and find they are in violation. Not installing one will hold up the closing of your home which in some cases can be months which can be a huge burden on both buyer/seller.
Customers always ask what is involved and what is the cost of an egress window. Many different factors play into the cost and installation. On average an egress window ranges 3k-5k within reason. Not a bad investment considering the work involved and what you get for it. Just peace in mind is worth it knowing that your loved ones will be protected in case of an emergency.
What are the requirements of an egress window?:
Minimum net clear opening of 5.7 square feet
Minimum net clear opening height of 24"
Minimum net clear opening width of 20"
Window well must be 9 square feet
Maximum 44" sill height from finished floor
Maximum 44" height from inside window well
Any heights over 44" require a ladder installed
Ladders shall be affixed permanently with width of at least 12 inches; shall project at least 3" from wall and ladder treads should not exceed 18" on center
What can determine the cost when installing an egress window?:
Removal of trees in front of location where window is to be installed
Commonly asked questions:
How long will it take to install an egress window? Typically 2-5 days
Will there be any dust during the project? Yes, as with any construction you can expect some dust. We have a system though that keeps dust at nominal levels
What if there are any gas/water/electrical lines in wall? We will move at an additional cost; unfortunately we cannot determine that until wall has been opened
Will not having an egress window hold up my closing? Absolutely, if you have a finished basement you need one and 90% of our calls are for this reason
Will an egress window increase the value of my home? Any upgrade will increase the value. Besides more ventilation and light, you bring your basement to code and also protect your loved ones in case of an emergency
What kind of window will you be using? We use an Anderson 400 series casement window with a 22" net clear opening
Installing an egress window will also improve light and ventilation for your basement. Basements are always a breeding ground for mold and mildew as they are underground and create moisture. Adding light and ventilation will cut down your chances of toxic mold and mildew forming. Many people add a dehumidifier also to help remove moisture from their basement especially during the hot humid months of summer. Weather you are looking to sell or keep your home, an egress window is a great investment that brings safety and added value to your home!!!
Here at WMB CONSTRUCTION we pride ourselves in on time quality work here in the Hudson Valley, NY. For all your needs we are here for you! Based out of Monroe, NY; we are your one stop construction company. With that being said, yor home has many needs; roof, siding, kitchen, bathroom, patios, drainage, garage door, finished basement, egress window, anderson windows, pella windows, decks, remodeling, painting, flooring, staining.......etc!
We perform all phases of construction and home remodeling all over Orange County, NY Most of our work is close based due to word of mouth recomendations with repeat customers. We like establishing trust within our customers that lasts a lifetime.
We all have bathrooms in our homes and here at WMB CONSTRUCTION we pride ourselves in building and renovating them here in Orange County, NY 10950. Bathroom can range in any shape or size and can have many different features you can add or choose from. Nothing beats a hot shower on a cold morning or cold shower on a hot muggy day.
New or old revovation, bathroom designs are always exciting! Every customer has different tastes, wants and needs which makes it exciting for us to create your inside oasis.
Handicap tubs and bars
In wall shelves
Bathrooms are a part of our everyday lives and we all deserve to be clean in a fashionable way. Nothing better than a nice bath/shower after a long days work or even a night on the town.
Bathrooms are one of the most frequented rooms in your home, a room that takes care of all your essential needs everyday of the week and year. But year after year your bathroom may become deteriorated or completely unusable. A very common problem within bathrooms is mold and mildew growth, most of what you can't see. Other competitors like Rebath or Bathfitters offer a cheaper alternative of capping your existing tub and walls locking in mold and mildew!!! In comparison, its like capping a rotten tooth and covering the problem.
This is a customers tub that the competitors wanted to cap. Could you imagine hiding this mess by simply capping it?!?! Also when capping a tub your inside dimensions become smaller leaving less bathing room.
This is what we found hidden behind tile walls! Loaded with mold and mildew and hidden for years! What happened here is the old sheetrock walls absorbed the moisture and started to grow in a dark and damp atmosphere. Mold and mildew allowed to grow can take over an entire house leaving it unlivable and without value!This is the steel tub we removed. Hidden under drain was the evidence of a rotten tub! Steel tubs are the cheapest tub you can install and will always rot out in the drain area. Thank god we caught this one in time before it started to leak causing thousands in damage. Another reason to rethink capping your tub!!!With a tub removal you expose all the ailments that need to be removed! This was mold and mildew under the tub. We treated it with bleach to kill it and a sealer. If capped it would keep growing for years!WMBCONSTRUCTION removed the shower walls/tub completely and installed a new 4 piece maintenance free shower/tub! In two days the customers were up and running! All the mold and mildew was removed and not capped!!
What is the advantage of tub removal:
Removal of any mold and mildew
New tub and new trip lever/waste
New divertor in wall
Peace in mind that you family is safe from harmful mold
Remodeling a home can be a very costly venture. Homeowners looking to add value to their homes may try to add upgrades or renovate entire sections of their homes to make them more marketable. Not all home upgrades and renovations are worth spending your hard-earned money on, though. Here is a look at five ways to make your home renovation worth the money and effort you put into it.
Your roof is the main component of your home. Without a good roof your house will remain worthless. A new roof is always a great investment because no bank ever wants to get involved in loaning money for a home that isn't protected. A poor roof can also increase your chances for mold and mildew build up due to leaking water that can cause health ailments and thousands in damage.
Signs that you need a new roof:
Algae growth on shingles
Buckling of sheathing under shingles
Curling of shingles
Blistering of shingles
Ceiling spots inside of your home
Missing granules on shingles
Evidence of rotting
Your bathroom isone of the most frequented rooms in your home. It is the room where you freshen up everyday and take care of your personal hygiene. Bathroom remodels have been known to return 30-40% on your initial investment when you sell. Nobody wants to move into a home knowing that the bathroom is in need of complete renovation and will in most cases pay more for the home with a good finished bathroom remodel.
Signs that you might need a bathroom remodel:
Visual evidence of mold and mildew build up
Soft spots on floor/and or walls(may indicate rot which could be serious if not addressed)
Grout missing in many areas
Your Kitchen is the most frequented room in your home. It brings family together and is the heart of every home. The kitchen is usually the first room you see in a house, so with that being said, it is the most important. I have seen returns as high a 50% on real nice kitchen remodels. The first thing you want to do when selling is knock your buyer off their feet and you can do this with a good quality kitchen.
Signs you might need a new kitchen:
Soft spots on floors
Cabinets are delaminating
Cabinets are faded
Circuit breakers keep tripping when you plug in appliances
Mold and mildew build up
Decks are always a great benefit to any home. Outdoor living and entertaining is on a rise and each year the demand keeps rising for these projects. It creates a personal oaisis and tranquility right in your backyard. It is a guaranteed investment that you and your family can enjoy for years and still have return at the end.
Signs you might need a new deck:
Deck surface is splintering
Deck bounces or sways when walking on it
Railings are loose and wobbly
Finished basements are key to any home. Unfinished it adds no square footage or value to your home. A nice finished basement will most likely have any male interested in purchasing your home know it has beautiful hideaway known as "The Man Cave"! But besides that it creates a great area for entertaining or even just a playroom for the kids. The ideas can become endless when designing your basement. You can add a bathroom, bar, play areas, pool table, etc.!!! A definate asset to your home. Right off the bat when listing your home your square footage will increase by 600-1000 which equals big gains.
Why you might want to remodel your basement:
Added square footage
Creates entertaining/playing area
When performing any remodel it is important to pay attention to detail and quality! The sight of a poor install can have adverse affects on your return. While all these recommended projects can be costly, I advise customers to set up a five to ten year plan to save and complete these projects for your enjoyment and to increase the value of your largest investment, your home!
A bathroom remodel is always exciting and something to look forward to. Removing all of that mold and mildew to start with!WMB Construction has been tranforming customers bathroom dreams into reality for years in beautiful Orange County, NY.
Most bathroom remodels are performed within two weeks from start to finish. We try to minimize any inconvenience to your regular schedule while construction is performed.
What to expect during your bathroom remodel:
First day all contents are removed from bathroom down to original studs.
Second day all plumbing and electrical is performed. New tub installed.
Third day all sheetrock and cement board installed.
By the fourth day we are usually ready to start installing your ceramic tiles on walls and floor. Tile installation can take 1-4 days depending on amount of tile and precision cuts to be made.
After tile has been installed and glued has dried we apply latex fortified grout to all seams of tile.
Paint all walls and ceiling.
Install all new plumbing and electrical fixtures.
Drop clothes are layed down everyday and removed at the end of everyday.
At the end of project all tools, material and garbage is removed off premises.
How we enhanced and protected this bathroom:
First we removed all over the toxic mold and mildew from bathroom.
Installed a new high quality "Americast" tub in place of the old tub.
Replaced all corroded supply valves and tub plumbing.
Installed waterproof cement board on walls of tub area and on floors for superior protection.
Removed old exhaust fan and installed a new high powered and quiet one. Old fan was vented into attic creating mold and mildew to grow. We vented exhaust through the roof.
Constructed in walls shelf.
Installed all new high end coppertone fixtures.
Caulked all seams and corners in tub area for superior water protection
Installed new fiberglass insulation in walls and ceiling to gain more R-value.
Removed double hung window in tub area and added an awning window.
Removed soffit over tub area for more light and ventilation.
WMB CONSTRUCTIONhas years of experience in the field to install the bathroom of your dreams with peace in mind that everything was installed correctly and finished in a timely matter so you and your family can get back to schedule. Leave the hard work to the professionals.
A bathroom remodel is most likely in the near future for many of us. The naturally moist enviroment of your bathroom will take its toll on any room over the years. WMB CONSTRUCTIONhas been professionally remodeling bathrooms for years out of Monroe in beautiful Orange County, NY
Hidden behind your ceramic tiles you may find mold, mildew and rot. When we renovated this bathroom we found that the toilet bowl flange had been leaking for years which called for major repair to the subfloor.
Tub areas always take a beating due to the fact they are always in contact with water. If you don't take care of your tub, it won't take care of you.
Problems with this tub:
This is the cheapest tub you can install, a steel tub. As you can see, the drain has completely rotted out. this wouldn't happen with a cast iron or Americast tub.
Diverter is too low. When showering water hits your body and goes behind schutching plates creating leaks over time.
Caulking maintainance has not been kept up on this tub.
New tub, cement board, plumbing and tile and the bathroom takes on a whole new smell and look.
Five Key Reasons for Bathroom Remodel:
Added value to your home
More healthy enviroment for you and your family
Upgrade your bathroom for a more modern look
Faster sale of your home. Kitchens and bathrooms make for faster sales at a higher profit.
Peace in mind that all mold and mildew has been removed
Dreaded winter has arrived bringing in the cold and windy weather that we experience every year here in the northeast. Bathing suits and barbeques have been put away and for most of us our outdoor activities have been moved indoors. But rest assure, summer is not too far away!
Now is the time to start planning for your homes outside oasis!
Besides the occassional vacation here and there, your home is the area where you live and create the most memories in. From everyday life to the family parties to the last minute BBQ,s with a few friends. Creating a peaceful and tranquil outdoor enviroment to your home will not only greatly increase the value of your home but also offer that vacation feeling without the hassles.
Three recommended outdoor enhancements:
Added entertaining area
Can be constructed around pools
Screen in areas can be created
Elevated decks can be built for second story applications
Added value to your home
Options of treat/cedar lumber or mantainance free composite
2) Pool House/Purgula
Added outdoor kitchen areas can be added to your entertaining area
Hidden pool equipment and protected inside from mother nature
Purgulas add a unique look to any project and help filter sun
Create outdoor shower and changing area
3) Concrete patio
Offers added entertaining area at ground level
Great base for fire pits
Variety of colors
Now is the time to start planning for your outdoor projects!
Is your bathroom old and deteriorated? Is mold and mildew overtaking everything in your bathroom? Ready for a change?WMB Construction has been transforming bathrooms with these problems for many years in the area with unmatched results. Your bathroom is the most frequented room in your home and also adds the most value to your home. It also has the most potential for producing mold and mildew conditions that can create a potentially hazardous atmosphere.
Recent bathroom job we ripped out! The mold and mildew behind the tile is clearly obvious. The customers were so surprised to see what was growing behind their walls, especially because they were considering Rebath or Bathfitters!Those companies cover up toxins that should be removed from your home!!!
On top of just finding mold and mildew behind the tiles, we next found a great deal of rotten wood under the tile floor and vinyl shower base. WMB Construction removed all the mold and mildew and recommended a "mud job" to replace the worn out vinyl base.
What is a "Mud Job"?
Instead of a vinyl shower base, we form and construct our own out of concrete and tile for superior strength and longevity.
Added benefits of performing a "Mud Job"
Concrete shower bases are far more stronger and durable than regular vinyl bases
More aesthetically appealing appearance
Added value to your home
Base will not crack, tarnish or fade over time
Give your bathroom a more unique look
WMB Constructionconstructed and installed the very popular in wall shelf. It coordinates with all the decor in the bathroom. A really awesome accent!!!
You shower, bathe, and take care of all your basic needs in your bathroom. It is the one area of your home where you can relax and create a surreal enviroment. Whether your prefence is a hot shower or a warm bubble bath to loosen your muscles, the bathroom is the room that will bring relaxation and comfort to your own home.
A bathroom remodel might be an excellent choice for you and your family. A bathroom remodel is more than just an enhancement, it is an added investment to your home.
Bathroom remodel benefits:
Instant added value to your home
Removal of all toxic mold and mildew
Create a relaxation area for after those stressful work days
Create better use of space in your bathroom. Integrate elegant pieces of furniture or extra closets for more useful storage
Many concerns my customers have are; how long and what is involved with a full bathroom remodel. All bathrooms are different as far as size, water damage, age, tilework involved, plumbing, etc.....
What to expect in a bathroom remodel:
First day is full removal of bathroom contents. Drop clothes are placed throughout your home to maintain cleanliness.
Next day plumbing and electrical is performed and new walls start to be installed.
Tile, paint, fixtures, grout, etc...... are all installed. Standard start to finish for a bathroom remodel is 1 1/2 weeks.
Everyday your home will be cleanly vacuumed and drop clothes removed so you and your family can maintain regular life.
For homes with only one bathroom, Porta-Potty arrangements can be made.