Window Wells: What to Consider When Constructing Them
One of the things that distinguish humans from other creatures is their ability to make decent housing for themselves. One shortcoming, however, has been finding enough space in the homes we live in. To try and curb this shortage of space, man has been involved in all renovation and house 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. It is cheaper to turn your basement into a livable space than it is to construct a new extra room.
A normal house basement will be dark, cold and below the ground level making them not the ideal living area. Man, however, has been forced to make basements into living rooms owing to the growing need for living space. One way of achieving this is through 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 you are looking to construct a window well for your basement, here are a few things to note.
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. This means that you must have window wells in place if your house has basements. Safety, therefore, becomes the first thing you need to consider in the construction of window wells. Ensure your window well allows for easy exit. Inclusion of walking stairs or having the window well made in a slanting design are some ways of ensuring quick exit. Safety of the users is what should guide you when making the window wells.
Lighting and beauty is another thing you have to get from your window well. Painting of window wells in bright colors or having them made in shiny materials are some of the things aimed at achieving the above objective. 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. 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. How water runs from the window well is one plan you ought to, therefore, have before even embarking on the construction of the window well. To allow for rapid water drainage and prevent flooding the window wells, one may make the base of the window well able to sip excess water or use drainage trenches on the window wells.