Basement Windows and Doors: What You Should Know
The right windows and doors can make all the difference in moisture and temperature control within a basement.
Basement windows and doors are two key spots that allow for moisture and air drafts to make their way into a space.
If you notice a draft or water seeping through the corners of a window, check for cracks or decay around the window frame. If you notice either of these issues, then it may be necessary to replace the window.
Office Desk On Display
Since Ruth's late husband was attached to his hardy 1950s oak desk, she was adamant about keeping it in the space after the remodel. To give it a modern update, she had it sanded, primed and then sprayed with high-gloss charcoal lacquer. In order to keep the area well-lit, a junction box was added and a custom drum pendant was hung with the bottom 38 inches above the desktop.
In its new state, Julie and Tom's basement is much lighter and more energetic. They integrated color through the paint and wallpaper choices, selecting a shade of dove gray called First Snowfall from Benjamin Moore for the walls. By using the back of the sofa as a room divider, they created another area for seating for four around a table.
Josh Landers and Josh Williams embarked on a basement remodel to create a space where they could work from home several days a week while tending to their puppy, Bentley. Changes included using only dog-friendly, durable and easy-to-clean materials, from the vinyl plank flooring and vinyl crocodile wallcovering to steel furniture and custom draperies made from indoor/outdoor fabric.
To keep the den clutter-free, Landers and Williams use a modern 1960s console to house all of Bentley's needs as well as their own office supplies. Atop the console sits a pair of modern lamps that light the corner, and on the wall is an old pet supply storefront sign that was picked up at an antique market.
Determined to save costs and stick with a short timeline of three weeks, Michelle decided to keep the built-ins that were previously used as game room storage. By placing her writing desk in front of the wall, she can look out into the backyard while working. "I didn't want to sit at my desk all day and stare at the wall. It was important to be able to look outside from my chair," the designer explains. "Floating the desk in front of the storage wall was the perfect solution."
To take full advantage of an 8-foot wall to the left of her design studio's entrance, Michelle designed a custom banquette where she can read design books. In keeping with her signature glamorous style, she chose a glossy, glazed linen for the upholstery with super shiny chrome nail head detail.
Some older homes also have window wells that can lead to issues with leakage within a basement. An uncovered window well can mean a buildup of dirt, debris and - you guessed it - water. Clean out the well to avoid issues and consider investing in a window well cover to keep the elements from affecting your basement.
The same issues can arise with basement doors. If you notice a draft or water coming from the space between a door and its frame, then you may need to replace the door in order to protect your space.
Choosing the right windows and doors can make all the difference in basement lighting, air quality and temperature control. Consult a professional for guidance on choosing the right ones for your space.
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