Homebuilders open basements to add light

Posted by J. Lawrence Homes on 8/6/11 at 10:00 AM

Lookout and walkout basements brighten below-grade space

River's Edge Landing, Minooka, J. Lawrence Homes With today’s new-home buyers wanting to maximize the value and function of their home, many are turning their focus to an often overlooked space – the basement. To make the most of their below-grade space, buyers are increasingly interested in lookout or walkout basements.

After the long winter we had and a rainy spring, no one wants to spend time in a dark basement, especially on a bright sunny day. The larger windows bring sunshine into the basement, creating a more inviting space. And the practicality of the walkout door from the basement to the back yard is especially appreciated in the warmer months, with kids running in and out or for people hosting backyard cookouts

.J. Lawrence Homes has homesites offering lookout or walkout basements at several of our communities throughout suburban Chicago including Midlane Country Club in Wadsworth and Tanner Trails in North Aurora, as well as at our partner builder’s, Smykal Homes, communities of Ravine Woods in Channahon and River’s Edge Landing in Minooka.

Parents really appreciate the direct access to the backyard afforded by the walkout basement, especially in the summer months when kids are wet from playing in the pool or sprinkler or sandy from digging in the sandbox. This way they bring their mess into the basement, rather than through the back door into the kitchen.

The basements, at the base price, come unfinished, but both Smykal Homes and J. Lawrence Homes can work with buyers to complete the space to suit their needs. It is far more cost effective to finish the space when constructing the home, rather than years down the line. Plus, as more young buyers purchase homes for the long-term, completing the basement allows plenty of room for the family to grow.