44 inches above floor for maximum distance to egress opening, as required by R310.
Just curious how you all would treat a window bench or seat, that is permanent in nature (finished, built in, sheetrocked, ie. not removable easily)....
If you had an egress window that was 50" to sill, above the floor, but there was a window seat or bench at, say 16" in height, giving you actually 34" to the window sill....
I realize the code says floor. The commentary also says floor.
This is at rough framing. The problem with lowering the window is that the exterior roof of the floor below is right at the bottom.
Raising the floor inside would provide a solution, and with 9' ceilings, wouldn't be a huge consequence.
I am just scanning for creative solutions that might not be as drastic, looking at what others have approved or modified in the past.
I realize that my duty is owed to the safety and enforcing the code minimums and I will always work towards that end. I just wanted to get opinions and thoughts on window seats/benches, or other things you all have seen.
Forgive me if this has been covered in a previous thread. I did scan them but didn't see anything similar.