Basement remodeling is constantly in demand because it offers so many advantages. It is a quicker and cheaper way to add living space, and it can be converted for so many different uses. However, before you can start to make this happen, there are a few things to think about first.
- Is there a moisture problem? This is an important question ask, as moisture can undo your expensive improvements to the space. You don’t need a previous flood or obvious signs of dampness to carry out moisture mitigation work. After drying it out, use waterproofing measures, as basement tend to be damp since they are below ground.
- Decide what you want to use it for. The most basic reason for this is that it will guide all the remodeling decisions. Will soundproofing be necessary if you are setting up an entertainment room? If you are building a kitchen or bar electrical and plumbing work will have to be added to the plan.
- Is there enough air? Proper air circulation is essential for this space. Many older basements have no vents, so they will feel stuffy. Adding an air duct may be necessary, and you should explore the option of enlarging the egress window or adding another one.
- Many basements lack adequate lighting, so a good plan should be in place. A larger or additional window will increase natural light levels. If there are interior walls, they should have windows to let in more light. An artificial lighting plan will brighten the space in the late hours. Recessed lighting is a popular option for basements since they tend to have low ceilings. Up-lighting also works well in this space.
- This plays a role in making the basement comfortable. Insulation will also help to keep your energy bills down. Battling condensation is a prime reason to insulate a basement properly. It can cause mold and mildew growth, leading to health problems for occupants.
- The design. An unfinished basement is a basic, uninspired space, so you have to put some thought in to the way you want to transform it. Work with a designer to get a space that is not just comfortable but also functional.
- The type of furniture. The furniture you choose should reflect the plan you have for the basement. In most cases, elaborate furniture pieces are not necessary. It is usually best to choose pieces that are moisture resistant.
- Electrical work. The purpose of the basement remodel will dictate the extent of any additional electrical work. An extra bedroom will not have the same needs as a mini theater.
- The permits. Like other remodeling projects, basement remodeling requires authorization. It is important to understand the permit process, and to know what kinds of changes are allowed.
- Noise control. One problem with being in the basement is that you can hear a lot of noise from the main living space. Insulating the ceiling will cut this down and limit noise coming from the basement as well.
Think about how much you can spend, but don’t skimp on the most important changes. Let us show you how we can help transform your basement and add to your home’s living space.