Washington, DC


“Dear PoPville,

Question–a rental property I saw has an English basement front door. The facade is similar to our Eckington home (which has no front door to the street). I’d love to get one built in. I understand permitting and so on. But I’m not clear on costs and so forth. Do you have any guestimates on costs to put one in and do you know anyone you can refer me to that does good work at a fair cost? Any thoughts on how one might quantify what value putting a front door from basement to street adds to your property?

It’d also be nice to know how the door compares with an egress window. I’m wondering if/where it makes more sense to put in an egress window or spend the extra for a door.”


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