One of the things that distinguish humans from other creatures is their ability to make decent housing for themselves. The only concern, however, has become getting sufficient space in the homes we build. In the quest of getting adequate space in the homes, people have done all sorts of house renovations and designs. Turning of the home’s basements into a habitable space is among the most common methods that have been used to create extra living space. Turning your basement into a living space is cheaper than the construction of a new extra room.
Basements being under the normal ground level are dark, cold and sometimes not the ideal places to live. But the need for space has seen man invent new ways of making basements good for living. This has been made possible by the construction of window wells. Just like its name suggests, a window well is a construction of a well like structure outside the windows of basement rooms. If your house has a basement, here are a few things you need to know before constructing a window well.
Due to the different risks and disasters that face the current world like fires, burglary and earthquakes, the construction of window wells has been made a mandatory requirement for all buildings. Having window wells for your basement, therefore, is a compulsory thing. Safety, therefore, becomes the first thing you need to consider in the construction of window wells. The ease of exit is one thing you need to ensure on your window wells. Inclusion of walking stairs or having the window well made in a slanting design are some ways of ensuring quick exit. Always remember to have the safety of the window well users in mind when making one.
Lighting and beauty is another thing you have to get from your window well. To allow for more light and beauty, window wells will be made from shiny materials or painted in bright colors. To add beauty, you may also include decorations on the window wells. The amount of light allowed by the window well may depend on how close or far the well is from the window. Little light will be allowed to the window if your window well is very close to the window and vice versa.
Drainage is the last but very important aspect of your window well you need to consider. Being below the ground level, it is possible to have your window well become a water reservoir if not well constructed. To avoid an issue like flooding therefore from window wells, one may be required to prepare first a route for the water to escape. Constructing the window well base to accommodate for rapid sipping of the water to the ground by the use of trances is one of the things that one may do to prevent flooding.