Once upon a time, a basement was seen as dark, dingy and just generally unpleasant. The thought of spending a prolonged period of time down there from a habitable sense was bordering on the ridiculous, although this has all changed through recent years.
Arguably sparked by the financial crisis, whereby homeowners were desperately trying to conjure up ways to maximize their property’s value, basement conversions are completely in fashion. In fact, if you do have a basement and it isn’t being used, you’re missing out big time.
Unfortunately, while basements can be a fantastic source of additional space for most homes, they do bring problems. Most building contractors are able to resolve the common issues such as damp, but there are factors that remain there for the homeowner to sort. Light and temperature management both fall into this category – yet both can be addressed through some shrewd blind purchases.
Of course, some readers out there will have a basement that doesn’t have any windows. In these cases, the remainder of this article isn’t for you – you are in the fortunate position of not having heat escaping through a window opening, but in the unfortunate spot of not being able to experience any natural light.
For everyone else, it’s time to dig in and read on. Blinds can make a huge difference to your bottom floor and we’ll start with the issue that everyone craves the most – natural light. Sitting in a room full of light fittings hardly does anything for our eyes; in fact, it just makes us want to get out of there as quickly as possible. Bring natural light into the equation and things take an immediate turn for the better, which is why blinds should always be considered ahead of curtains.
We could write a whole dissertation on the type of blinds you should be looking to take advantage of, as the vast majority allows light manipulation. Venetian blinds, solar shades and even vertical blinds are just some of the options and it’s here where your imagination should run wild. It’s worth mentioning that each hold their own “side benefits”, such as solar shades can reduce television glare, so it’s worth taking all of this into account.
You may have built the ultimate basement, or man’s den, or whatever else you want to call it – but it will all be for nothing if the temperature is sub-zero down there. The location of the basement immediately means that the temperature is much lower than the rest of your house and rather than racking up bills with hefty heating costs, blinds could be a real solution. Insulated shades, particularly the ones which benefit from a triple cell approach, prevent practically all of the heat escaping from your room. Additionally, they help keep the cold air out, so the differences can be substantial.
Already, it’s plain to see that there are no complicated building techniques that are needed to resolve the big problems of basement conversions. Natural light and insulation can both be provided through blinds, so make sure you bear this in mind when it comes to deco-time.