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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4 Types Of Window Shades

Window treatments can be defined as anything that is put on, over, or around windows. Treatments can be functional or purely decorative and can come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, colors, and materials. Most treatments can also be categorized as curtains, drapes, blinds, or shades. The last of these can be further divided into four types: roller shades, Roman shades, cellular (or honeycomb) shades, and pleated shades. To learn more about the advantages of each type of shade, keep reading below.

Roller Shades

Roller shades are quite minimal in their design. They consist of a flat sheet of fabric and a cord or chain that is used to pull the sheet to the desired height. The ability to customize roller shades is often cited as one of the biggest advantages. Consumers are free to choose from an almost infinite number of materials, colors, and textures. Roller shades can also be installed in versions with extra features such as light filtration and insulation.

Roman Shades

Roman shades are significantly different from roller shades in that they feature multiple panels of fabric. These fold or stack when the attached cord is used to operate the shade. Like roller shades, however, they also allow for a huge variety of fabric choices such as cotton, silk, and synthetic blends. For people who want shades with an elegant look, Roman shades are a perfect alternative to more minimalist roller shades.

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades feature a unique honeycomb of "cells," which are pockets of air used to insulate a room. They come in single and double-cell varieties, both of which are thermally efficient. For those who want to prioritize a cooler room in the summer and a warmer room in the winter, cellular shades are likely the best choice. They can be operated without a cord, making them a fully modern option as well.

Pleated Shades

Pleated shades are sometimes seen as old-fashioned when compared to other types of shades. While it's true that cellular shades evolved from pleated shades, the latter remains an undeniably great choice for those who want to add a bit of sophistication to a room's decor. Plus, pleated shades are versatile and compact and come in various opacity levels.

No matter what kind of window treatment you are looking for, you can rest assured that there is a type of shade that will best suit your needs. 

For more info about window treatments, contact a local company.