Great window well finishing can be the cherry on top of your man cave or diva den.
More than ever, home buyers are looking for fully finished basements that don’t look or feel like basements. One of the best ways to achieve this look is with basement windows — ideally, large ones with window wells. Window well finishing, including the liner and cover (if applicable), can make all the difference in your basement’s appearance.
Window well liners come in a variety of patterns and colors. Remember, if you choose a bright liner, more light will reflect into your finished basement. A light, neutral brick or stone liner can provide more sunlight, making your basement seem bigger, brighter and more like a ground-floor room.
The window well covering also makes a difference. Both grates and clear covers are good choices, but keep in mind that clear covers need to be kept clean of debris in order to maximize light.
Benefits of Basement Light
It might be called a cave or den, but most everyone wants plentiful sunlight in finished basements. Your basement windows might feature blackout shades for movie nights, but being able to roll up the shades and bask in natural light is a must. Natural light gives you an extra jolt of vitamin D, it’s free and it’s also the most flattering light there is.
In some cases, basements can even double as work spaces, and you don’t want to feel like you’re working in a Las Vegas casino with no light.
However, simply having basement windows is only part of the solution. You also need to optimize these windows. In Utah and many other states, window wells are common and can help brighten up basement areas in otherwise impossible situations.
Still, you don’t want a window well that looks like a slab of concrete. Not only is that a little depressing, it also doesn’t reflect light. Window well finishing can turn a ho-hum window well into a room stunner.
Man Cave Must-Haves
A lot of people focus on what’s inside a man cave instead of how it’s created. If you want that billiards table or those theater seats, that’s great, but nobody’s going to want to spend time there if the atmosphere isn’t inviting.
Embrace natural light, and complement it with accent lights and up-angle lights to provide a more intimate environment. Complete the basement just like you would any other part of your home with quality flooring, neutral walls with wainscoting or molding if that’s your style, and higher ceilings if possible.
Just like you wouldn’t buy a home with no windows, don’t build a man cave without windows and window wells, as these are necessary to make you feel right at home. Contact Windowell Expressions for advice about window well finishing and for all your cover and liner needs.