The Perfect Basement Apartment

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The Perfect Basement Apartment

When we got married, my husband and I moved into a lovely brick home. Because we were young and in debt, we would have benefited from being able to rent out a portion of our home to tenants. Unfortunately, our home didn’t include a basement apartment. If your basement is currently not being used, consider transforming it into a basement apartment. Before renting it out to tenants, you will need to make sure it meets certain specifications. For example, most local governments require basement apartments to contain a certain amount of windows. Usually, you will also have to ensure that your windows meet size requirements. On this blog, you will discover how to create the perfect basement apartment with the right windows.

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Maintain Privacy With Strategic Window Installation

While looking at your home's windows, you may find that some give you complete privacy while others are lacking. Your family might appreciate all the windows with total privacy because they can open the windows without worrying about drivers, neighbors, or pedestrians.

Adding new windows can improve natural lighting and give your family great outside views. But if you are determined to maintain privacy, you want to be strategic with window installation.

Second Story 

An ideal place to install windows is on the second story because of the advantageous positioning. When someone on the street or sidewalk looks at your house, they will have a better view through first-floor windows than second-floor ones. So, while you may not guarantee full privacy from a second-story window, you can get enough to satisfy your needs.

The main area where you lack privacy from these windows is right next to them. So, you can install bedroom windows away from the bed, dresser, and closet to maintain privacy. Another idea is to add windows on second-story hallways where your family only passes by quickly. This setup will give you a noticeable boost to upstairs light from areas with minimal privacy needs.


The bathroom is where you may have privacy concerns with window installation. For instance, you might not want people to see inside while using the bath, shower, sink, or toilet. One solution is to choose frosted glass for the windows to reduce visibility into the bathroom.

Another option is to install windows on the upper part of the walls. This plan makes it difficult or impossible for anyone to see inside because the windows are so high up.


Living in a multistory home gives you an excellent opportunity to install windows along the stairway. The great thing about these windows is that your family will only pass by them briefly, and the inside view will not show off much. So, you can add windows throughout the entire stairway, knowing that your family's privacy in the home will still be preserved.

Another option is to put windows on the upper part of the stairway, away from the walkway. This will eliminate the chance of anyone seeing your family as they go upstairs or downstairs.

Installing new windows is a great way to bring in light, gain views, and boost your home's attractiveness. Using these window installation strategies will help you maintain privacy.