Question: I am constructing a deck over an egress window from a basement bedroom. My neighbor told me that there are certain rules that I must follow. Is this right?
Answer: Your neighbor is 100% correct.
The IRC regulation states that the egress window well must have at least 4 feet of clear space above it. That means from the top of the window well to the bottom of the deck joists can be no less than 4 feet of clear space.
You should check with your local building department to ensure that they do not have any additional requirements.
Additional information on egress windows.
- Egress Windows & Decks
- Deck Board Spacing
- Replacing Deck Boards
- ACQ Pressure Treated Lumber
- Cleaning a Redwood Deck
- Composite Deck Material – Recall!
- Deck Preservation
- Constructing Deck Foundations
- Using Cantilevers In Decks