Originally Posted by perchie.girl
IF it were me building a house in a snow climate I would do an airlock style entry Storm door on the outside. But then both doors could open in.... I have real horrors about being unable to get out of my house.
There are 2 doors from the enclosed porch to the outside and 3 on the back side of the house. One set is double French doors (cheap ones of course since the people we bought from went cheap at every turn. They open in and there are no storm doors so we SHOULD be able to go out those. BUT, the snow dumps off that roof, there have been times that it would be a pretty steep climb over the pile. No snow rails on that part, I doubt the cheap metal roof would support them.
However, we have Marvin Tilt-n-Turn windows in the 3 most used bedrooms. They are pretty cool. They tilt open at the top (bottom hinge) Hopper style for ventilation if you move the handle half way but if you move it all the way, they hinge on the side and the window opens INWARD fully for egress. The advantage of that is you can open the window some when it is raining, something you wouldn't want to do with a casement window that opens out. And they are meant for egress, there is no "actuating arm" that may need to be released to get the window fully open and your self out of it.
This style of window is apparently fairly common in Europe (we are ALWAYS behind!). The only problem we have is "how the heck do you put curtains/shades over a window that can open at the top or swing a full 180 degrees into the room?" Part of our problem is the rebuilt part of the house has no studs, the walls are SIPS - 4" foamboard with OSB on the outside and drywall on the inside. No thermal breaks but nothing structural to mount a curtain rod on for anything other than light weight stuff that won't block the light well. And my daughter needs a nearly black room a lot of the time due to her permanent migraine.