Natural light in Basement Conversions
Nobody wants their basement conversion to actually feel like a basement, which is why our design team puts so much emphasis on letting in natural light. There are a number of ways to let in light from outside as well as arranging electrical lighting options to make the rooms as versatile as possible.
A light well is a short trench that’s dug alongside one or more of the basement walls to let natural light filter down to windows installed in the basement. Many clients prefer to excavate large light wells that serve as a small patio area with plants etc. so that there is a pleasant view from the basement and some outside space.
In some instances, the top of the basement is actually above ground – this is particularly common if your home is built on a slope. Adding some windows to your conversion will vastly increase the amount of natural light that comes into the room.
Light tubes work by redirecting light from ground level through a reflective pipe and into the room. These can be installed in most basement conversions, but are particularly common in under garden conversions where the ceiling of the basement is just under the garden and light tube installation is much easier.
If your basement has its own entrance, you may want to consider glass doors or frosted glass to let in more light from the outside. There are a number of options that use toughened or reinforced glass so your home is still secure.
The amount of light you need in your basement conversion really depends on the usage. Bedrooms and living areas need natural light to feel comfortable, while rooms like home cinemas or other entertainment spaces often benefit from restricted light. Our design team are available to provide advice and draw up plans based on your usage and the type of basement conversion you require.