I live in the Princeton, NJ area and would like to add a set of Bilco
pre-cast concrete steps and a set of steel doors on top
http://www.bilco.com/index-2.htm ; or something similar to accomplish
the same thing. Which is simply, to have a set of steps into the
basement via the outside.
The house is approx 7 years old and it has a poured concrete
foundation with a floating concrete floor (i.e. french drain system).
From the basement interior, the concrete walls of the foundation
measure approx 96" and the grade is at approx 72".
I have contacted Bilco and my local Bilco distributor who say they
would install the "system" for about $2100 but that the site had to be
prepared according to their specifications (i.e. excavated, gravel;
drain; foundation cut, etc.)
Is this type of retro-fitting generally recommended on late model
construction? What type of contractor would I get to take on such a
If anybody has any comments, war stories, suggestions, wants to bid,
etc. They would all be greatly appreciated.