How to Install a Terraced Window Well in Your Basement

How to build a series of low walls around your basement windows to let in more light.

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • 4-lb.
  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Caulk gun
  • Corded drill
  • Level
  • Drill bit set
  • Garden rake
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Safety glasses
  • Sawhorses
  • Spade
  • Speed square
  • Paintbrush
  • Utility knife

Rubber gloves
3/8-in. drill bit, 12-in. long
5/16-in. masonry bit

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • 4 x 6 treated timbers
  • 3/4-in. gravel
  • Pea gravel
  • Spray paint
  • Plastic tarp
  • Plastic sheeting, 4 mil.
  • Landscape fabric
  • Fabric spikes
  • Exterior stain
  • Wood preservative
  • 3/8-in. x 10-in. spikes
  • 3-in. deck screws
  • 1/4-in. x 1-1/2-in. concrete screws
  • Silicone caulk