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How to bring more natural light into a basement conversion?

Due to the nature of where a basement is located, they don’t tend to get as much natural light as most people would like. However, when it comes to your basement conversion, there are many things that can be done to maximise the amount of natural light than can be flooded through.

1)      Keep windows clear

One of the most obvious, yet overlooked solutions is to ensure that any windows that you do have in your basement are kept clean and not blocked by anything that is outside. Windows in basements may be on ground level outside, meaning that they are more susceptible to having things such as rubbish and shrubbery gets in the way and stop the light from getting in.

2)      Install an egress window

Whilst egress windows are required to ensure that a room has an emergency means of exit, they are also a fantastic way of bringing in light to a basement.

Chances are, if you are having a basement conversion carried out, you will have to declare the room as a habitable room, meaning that you will have to also have an egress window fitted anyway to ensure the safety of the people who will be in the room.

When working on the conversion project, speak to your developers about where is the best place to fit the window in order to get the maximum amount of natural light through; study your garden throughout the day to understand where the sun hits for most of the day. Once you have worked this out, suggest that your window is fitted in an area that will be under the sun for as long as possible.

3)      Mirrors

You won’t be able to get as much natural light in your basement as you would in a room that is above ground level, so make the most of the light that you do get by installing a lot of mirrors throughout the room. If they are hung in the right place, they will reflect the light all over the room.

 

4)      Door with glass

If you access your basement from the outside, don’t just have a solid door. Look for a door that has glass and look at it as another form of window in order to maximise natural light.

5)      Install a lightwell

Lightwells are quite literally wells are dug in order to bring light into rooms that are below ground level. As long as there is an area outside of the basement that can accommodate this, a lightwells is a really fantastic way of getting a good amount of natural light into your basement.

Once finished, the lightwell can be used as a patio area outside of the basement, with French or bi folding doors incorporated as an entry point from the well to the basement, allowing you to really make the most of the well on a number of levels.

 


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