Your basement living space does not have to feel like a cave. There are plenty of window styles you can use to increase natural light, ventilation, and energy efficiency. So whether you are renovating to expand your living space or sell your home, you don’t want to overlook the potential in your basement. Not all window styles will be right, but here are a few options you should at least consider:
These windows are the usual suspect when it comes to basement windows. They hinge at the bottom and open at the top. The operation is simple enough with latches on top that lock and a pull down lever. These work if your basement is fully or even partially above ground.
These are similar to hopper windows, but work in reverse. If you want the placement, size, and ventilation of a hopper window, but don’t want to allow rain inside your home, consider awning windows. As the name indicates, these windows hinge at the top and when they open out, the window pane creates a cover over the opening. This works to keep out rain and snow while still giving you some ventilation. Again, these can work in both full or partially above ground basements.
These work well on your upper levels as well as your basement. In fact, many homeowners choose these windows to go in their window wells because they do not project out. Instead, they slide flush against the window so you don’t have to worry about the limited space. But when you put these windows in the basement, make sure they are properly weatherized so you don’t have to worry about drafts and leaks.
You don’t typically find double-hung windows in the basement, but that doesn’t mean they won’t work. In fact, if you happen to have a full walkout basement, double hung windows will work wonders for the ventilation. You can inch open both the top and bottom, which creates natural air flow. And these taller windows will typically catch more daylight.
These are not as common for basement windows, but they can still work very well depending on your needs and the space available. The reason these windows are great for basements is because they seal tightly when closed and latched. But they will not work as well if you place them down in a window well.
Placing long windows high up on the wall is a great way to let extra natural light into the basement. They will have a huge impact on opening up the space and making it feel larger. Just be sure you also have an egress window in every living space to meet building codes.
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