Stair Access to Walkout Basement / Concrete or Pavers for Egress Window Well
Got some great advice about perimeter drainage and now I’m on to the next phase of my new foundation.
It was important to me to have a door and not a bulkhead as we’ll be utilizing the basement space and would like to rent it out on occasion as a completely separate space.
The lot is not sloped so the plan is to pour a retaining wall and have steps going down the side of the house, a landing and then a couple more steps before entering the basement (see picture). I believe the steps will be pressure treated wood and we will put a drain at the bottom of the stairwell.
My question for GBA is if this is a sound approach with the right materials and if there’s anything to do for minimizing water challenges.
Separately, we have two 30×48 windows next to each other to let sunlight into the bedroom in the basement from southern exposure. Do you prefer pouring cement for the window well and adding something on the outside to make it look nicer? Or should I go with pavers? It’s an egress window so people need to be able to get out.
I found this writeup about the topic https://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/article/urban-rustic-a-light-down-below
I’m new to this if you can’t tell, appreciate the wonderful advice.
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