Basement RenovationTraditional Basement, Burlington
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Will there be enough light? Often, installing an egress window means digging a window well. You’ll have more light in that location, but installing additional windows can make your basement feel more open. There are other tricks, too. Exterior glass doors let light in, while interior glass doors funnel window light into a dark hall. Relites, or interior windows, allow light to filter through to darker interior rooms.
5. Build in storage. “This is your chance to increase your opportunities for organization and storage,” says Hullinger. “Don't leave this out of your plans.” Built-in bookshelves across the wall of a basement can corral anything from toys to throw blankets to ski gear.
Once the crisis has passed it can take some time to get life back to normal and replace any essentials your basement once held. If budget allows, you may even begin dreaming of the basement game room, spare bedroom or home gym you've long wanted.Maybe add a few windows or make the ones you have larger. A neat basement window product is the Bilco Scapwell.Read on for some basement design ideas to get you started — whether you want to jump right on a project or are still just dreaming for now.
Embrace the natural light. Typically, the word "basement" can bring forth a few feelings of hesitation. Backed by thoughts of a dark or musty storage area, many folks who are enjoy basking in the sun don't really think of a basement as a fun place to spend the day. Prove them wrong through the use of basement windows or walkouts.
Streamline the toys. If you have children, you know how hard it can be to keep things simple. Think of yourselves as the Buckingham Palace guards of what comes into your home. Less toys makes for more creative play, studies show.