Are you building a new house? Renovating your current one? Or maybe you flip houses for a living?
Whichever one of these you said yes to, there is one thing you all have in common: deciding what to do with the basement.
In the past, basements were typically used for storage, mechanical equipment, or the laundry room, and were often left unfinished. Nowadays, however, basements are being used for anything and everything, from bedrooms, family rooms, game rooms, and even full on suites for guests or renters.
With basements now being used as everyday living space, you’ll want to eliminate the image of dark, damp and unwelcome that the word basement typically equates to. One great way to do this is by letting in as much natural light as possible. Do this by adding more windows or enlarging the ones that are already there.
Aside from creating a comfortable, inviting space, and refreshing the look of your basement, there are a few other benefits of enlarging basement windows that you may not realize.
Safety, Safety, Safety
The most significant benefit of having larger basement windows is the safety factor. In the event of an emergency, such as a fire, having larger windows create an accessible and easy exit.
New building codes often consider larger windows, known as egress windows, a requirement if the basement is going to be used as a living space.
Enlarging the windows in your basement can significantly increase the property value of your home. Firstly, by bringing any basement rooms you have up to legal code, you can then include them in the calculation of your homes square footage. Secondly, adding safety features as well as more appealing design and more inviting space to your home will attract the attention of buyers.
Both of these factors will help raise your assessed property value, thereby increasing your equity or your potential selling price.
Looks Matter Too
Lastly, adding these larger windows and exterior window wells to your basement can give you a new canvas for adding to the design style of your home.
The type of windows you choose and how you build the well can add personality to the outside of your home. You can use different types of stone, bricks, or wood to design a beautiful window well to enhance your homes curb appeal.
Size Does Matter After All
As you can see, enlarging the windows in your basement offers a variety of benefits, ranging from safety code features to your own personal design touch.
Whether you are remodeling an investment property for resale or are working on renovating or building your own home, adding larger windows to your basement should be at the top of your to-do list.