Man is different from other creatures because he has the ability to make decent housing for himself. The only concern, however, has become getting sufficient space in the homes we build. Different house designs, as well as renovation of houses, are among the things man has been doing in the quest for getting enough space in the homes. 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. It is cheaper to turn your basement into a livable space than it is to construct a new extra room.
Basements being under the normal ground level are dark, cold and sometimes not the ideal places to live. New ways of making basements into living space have been devised by man due to the rising need for more space. 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.
According to the building codes, window wells must be constructed due to rise of risks and dangers such as burglary, fires and natural disasters like earthquakes. This means that you must have window wells in place if your house has basements. Following this regulation, the first thing you need to put into consideration is safety. 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. Whichever way you chose to make your window well usable for exit, remember to make it safe for the users.
Lighting and beauty is another thing you have to get from your window well. For this reason, many window wells will be made from shiny materials or painted in bright colors. On the window wells, you may also add decorations. How much light gets into your basement can also be affected by the distance of the window well from the windows. A window well close to the window allows less light than that a few inches further from the window.
The last and very important thing you have to consider when constructing your window well is the drainage. Poor construction of a window well may make it become a water reservoir owing to the fact that it is found below the level of the ground. You, therefore, need to have drainage plan in mind before you even construct the window well. Water drainage from the well may be done by use of shallow trenches or have the base of the window well well-constructed to allow for rapid water drainage.