Hi - I'm new to this group and new to home improvement as well.
I'm working on a basement remodel, contracting out most tasks. I want to have a code compliant egress window to create a bedroom in the basement. The issue is, I've only been able to find windows 48'' high that can meet the minimum code requirements (5.7 sq/ft of clear opening with a minimum height of 24'' and a minimum width of 20''). Combined with this are my three draining options:
1. install a sump pump and have the egress window well drain to the sump pump
2. install a french drain and have the drain let water out at the bottom of my house
3. install a drain to daylight
I'm trying to avoid the expense of #1. And I've had problems with hydrostatic water pressure in the past (I had to seal cracks in the basement foundation) so I do not want to do option #2.
This leaves option #3. In order for this to work, the person proposing to install the egress window says they will need to cut 10'' above the existing window, which will take up all of the room above the existing basement window. The cut will go to the foundation of the house. (I have a brick single story home). Then he proposes to install a lintel. I have seven foot ceilings in the basement, so essentially the top of the egress window would end up being flush with the dry walled ceiling in the finished room.
This is all very new to me and I feel like I'm in over my head. My question is, should a lentil added above the top of the new egress window provide sufficient support to hold up my brick house? - assuming it's installed properly...
Any advice / insight is truly appreciated!