There are three types of foundations on residential buildings, block, crawl space, and basement. If you are lucky enough to have a basement, you can expand your living space by making your basement more usable.
If you are trying to make your dark basement more livable than adding a couple of glass block windows coupled with an egress window will do the trick. A lot of homeowners turn to their basement when they need to expand their living space.
Egress and glass block windows is how they not only bring in natural light but it is also how they make sure their basement renovation is up to code. Each type of window has a specific purpose.
What Is an Egress Window?
Many building codes require that if you are going to use your basement as a livable space that you provide a secondary exit in that space. Egress windows are a great option. To stay within code the egress windows have to be large enough for an adult to slip through in case of an emergency like a house fire.
These types of windows are required in any type of sleeping space including your basement. It is a good idea to install at least one of these windows in your basement whether it is going to be used as a sleeping space or it is going to be used as a living space.
What Are Glass Block Windows
Glass block windows are stationary windows. They cannot be opened. They allow natural light in but are not functional windows. The beauty of glass block windows is that they provide an elevated level of security over other window types.
Glass blocks are set much like bricks are. Mortar is used to cement the glass blocks into place. You can choose from clear glass blocks or frosted options which can add an element of privacy without reducing the amount of natural light that floods in.
The First Step In Expanding Your Living Space
Before you get to the window decisions about your basement it is a good idea to contact a basement waterproofing company. The right company will be able to do both the waterproofing, and the basement windows. Basement waterproofing will ensure that your space stays dry.
Waterproofing can involve several different steps including adding a wall coating to the interior walls and repairing any foundation cracks or issues. It is an important first step in making your basement a livable space.