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. In the quest of getting adequate space in the homes, people have done all sorts of house renovations and designs. Adequate space in homes has been created by people by conducting reconstructions on the basements sections of the buildings. Compared to the construction of a new extra room, basement renovation is very cheap.
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. Construction of window wells is one way man has made this happen. A structure made in the likeness of a well outside basement windows is called a window well. The few things you need to know before constructing a window well for your basement forms the basis of our discussion in this writeup.
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. It has, therefore, become compulsory to have window wells on your basement windows. The first thing you, therefore, need to consider is safety. A good window well should have an easy way to exit. There may be stairs erected or construct the well at an angle. Always remember to have the safety of the window well users in mind when making one.
Next, your window well should provide both beauty and enough light. For this reason, many 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. How much light gets into your basement can also be affected by the distance of the window well from the windows. Little light will be allowed to the window if your window well is very close to the window and vice versa.
Another very crucial thing about window wells you need to consider is the drainage. 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.