Let There Be Light!


In July, 2019, I installed a temporary downspout on the south “niche”. I was not able to bring the downspout down to the ground because…


…a platform, built in 2014, was in the way. The platform allowed the reconstruction of the niche in 2014. The platform though also covered over the dry moat for the basement windows. I left the platform in place all these years as I had planned to finish the siding of the niche. Then, last week, with all the cold and ice, the downspout filled with ice and collapsed. Oh dear. So, it seemed time to install a permanent downspout. But, in order to do this…


…the platform needed to be, at long last, removed, revealing the basement windows for the first time in seven years.


Since 2014, upon stepping down into the basement, one was met with this dark and depressing sight.


But now? LIGHT! LIGHT! This image was taken late in the afternoon after the sun had passed. Around noon though, there will be actual sunbeams upon the concrete basement floor. I am living for this.




  1. Kirstin on February 23, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    I sincerely appreciate your usage of “living for this.” Hurrah glorious basement windows!

  2. Leigh on February 24, 2021 at 3:12 am

    Hurrah! Nothing like natural light.

  3. Pam on February 24, 2021 at 5:55 am

    Ross, I am curious as to why there would be such large windows in the basement. Are they for egress in case of emergency?

    • Barb Sanford on February 24, 2021 at 7:34 am

      Just a guess, but I’m wondering if that was the space where they laundered clothes. You need lots of light and air for drying.

    • Ross on February 24, 2021 at 8:44 am

      Pam, the room was (and will be) the laundry room.

  4. Barb Sanford on February 24, 2021 at 7:35 am

    Beautiful! I’m imagining your cats there, basking in a puddle of light and warmth.

  5. Linda A. on February 24, 2021 at 7:58 am

    Aaaaaw…ooooooh😍… the light looks wonderful! The WINDOWS are wonderful! What a difference!

  6. Rick S on February 24, 2021 at 8:40 am

    It is true, you have brought sunlight into a dark corner of the world.

  7. Derek Walvoord on February 24, 2021 at 9:59 am

    That really does feel good! Nice work! There is that feeling of a good long exhale, when you didn’t even know you were holding your breath!

  8. Christine on February 24, 2021 at 10:13 am

    Looks like those lovely large basement windows need to go to the Ross spa too. What a treat to have sunlight in the basement. I have been wondering about that platform. Glad you solved the mystery today, Ross. Sorry that you’ll have to rebuild something to be able to side the niche, but it’ll be short lived, as I imagine straight board siding will seem like a dream after so much shingle measuring, cutting and placing.

    • Christine on February 24, 2021 at 10:18 am

      And, the kitchen windows are sooooo sexy and beautiful – Shiny, reflective, and somehow proud.

  9. Adam on February 24, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    I finally understand why that little window in the bathroom is angled- so that it can eke out a little more light above the kitchen bump-out on the other side of the light well. I wonder if it ever had some kind of prismatic glass?

  10. Sandra D Lee on February 24, 2021 at 2:06 pm


    Let there be light 💡indeed!🙂

    This makes me so happy for you!!

  11. Laurie L Weber on February 24, 2021 at 5:01 pm

    That much light in the basement! I’m so jealous! Awesome for laundry room.

  12. Rebekah Nicholas on March 1, 2021 at 9:42 pm

    Wow, my house had windows like that and somewhere in time they were bricked up and replaced with glass block. Now I know what it would have looked like.

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