Building Your Basement Walkout Entry: Your Friendly Guide!

Are you considering adding a walkout entry to your basement?

Hello, everyone. I’m Caleb with Dansie Design Build. We understand that starting a basement walkout entry project can feel daunting. That’s why we’re here to guide you through the process step by step, ensuring you have the knowledge and resources to make informed decisions.

Let’s explore the key steps in building your basement walkout entry, from design to construction, and how our expertise can make the journey smooth and hassle-free.

Producing the Design Plans

The first step in building your basement walkout entry is to produce detailed design plans. Determine the location of the entry and decide whether it will be a “straight” or “L-shaped” design. Consider the layout of your yard and the available space to ensure optimal placement.

Getting Your Plans Engineered

Once the design plans are complete, it’s essential to have them engineered by a Structural Engineer. This ensures that your walkout entry will be structurally safe and compliant with all relevant regulations. The engineer will review the plans and make any necessary adjustments to ensure compliance and safety.

Applying for a City Permit

With engineered plans in hand, it’s time to apply for a city permit. Check with your local city for specific requirements and fees. The permit process can vary in duration, so it’s essential to plan accordingly and submit all required documents promptly.

Preparing Your Project Site

Before construction can begin, the project site must be properly prepared. Call Blue Stakes to mark any underground utilities and outline the area where the walkout entry will be installed. This ensures that construction can proceed safely and without disruption to existing infrastructure.

Construction Begins

Once all preparations are complete, construction can commence. The first step is excavation, followed by the installation of the walkout entry components. Depending on the size and complexity of the entry, this phase typically takes several weeks to complete.

Need help with your basement walkout entry?

If you’re overwhelmed by the prospect of building a basement walkout entry, don’t worry; we’re here to help. 

Request a consultation today, and let’s discuss how we can make your basement walkout entry dreams a reality. 

Whether you’re in Salt Lake, Utah counties, or beyond, we’re here to assist you every step of the way. Let’s build something amazing together!


Have you wondered what it costs to finish a basement in Salt Lake and Utah Counties?  Our basement finishing cost guide will give you everything you need to know.

  • Pricing for 1000 and 1500 square foot basement finishes
  • Pricing to include a bathroom, a kitchen, or open square footage
  • Pricing for Basic, Average, and Luxury Level Finishes
  • Basement walkout entrance pricing
  • Real project costs for basements we have finished
  • How to avoid the most costly mistakes while finishing a basement




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  • Pricing calculation for any sized basement
  • Pricing to include a bathroom, a kitchen, a laundry room, or open square footage
  • Basement walkout entrance pricing
  • How to avoid the most costly mistakes while finishing a basement