This is the before:
This is the after:
We chose not to get them at a big box store. They would not be custom fit and with installation would have ended up costing us more. We went with a local company who does make them custom. They are powder coated steel and will hold 500 pounds. If you need to get out of the basement in an emergency all you do is open the window and release the chain lock, which is an easy 2 second maneuver. They cannot be opened from the outside.
You may have heard my stories about raccoons and bunnies (alive and passed on) that have fallen down our wells, as well as debris. This will put a stop to that!!! Now if you know me, you know it's all about Maggie. The main reason I wanted them is because I was so worried she would run around the corner of the house chasing a rabbit at night and WHAM! Down she would go. I couldn't forgive myself if she got hurt.
My next project is to put some fresh bark at the bottom and put a few of my bunny statues in there for decoration. From now on those are the only ones allowed!
Have a wonderful week!