Things to Consider Before Remodeling Your Basement

If you want to increase the living area of your home in a cost-effective way, you should consider remodeling your basement. Basement renovation and finishing is a great way to add valuable space for the enjoyment in your home. A basement finishing project can be of any size and for any purpose, such as for creating a media room, family room, indoor games & entertainment space, home office, guest bedroom or in-law suite.

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So, if you want to finish your basement, but aren’t quite sure where to start, we are here to help you. In this post, we’ve listed things you need to consider to tackle this project from start to finish.

Determine your needs

The cost of basement renovation starts as low as a few thousand dollars and can go beyond $80,000 depending on your needs. Whether you want to create a new high end living space or looking for a simple finishing, your needs will determine the cost of the project. Therefore, first, you need to consider what exactly you want from the basement project. Though the type of finishing will determine the cost, much of the renovation cost also depends on the current condition of the basement. This means you need to consider plumbing and electrical needs, walls, floor plan, moisture control, and other requirements as well. These key considerations will have a significant impact on the total project cost.

Consider the unique challenges of the basement renovation

Unlike renovating other parts of the home, basement project comes with unique challenges. Since basements are not built to be living spaces, you need to consider an issue like existing columns, ceiling vents, exposed pipes, and plumbing. You need to make sure that the home’s drainage is away from the foundation and that there are no leaks into the basement or moisture retention in the walls. Also, you need to think about the plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems. The materials used in finishing basement should be able to withstand temperature and moisture. Moreover, basements are dark spaces due to few windows and doors. This means you need to think about proper lighting arrangement.

Think about aesthetics

Renovating and remodeling a basement is very different from renovating other parts of the home. To make it look aesthetically pleasing you need to work and think differently. To make the basement an inviting gathering spot, you will need proper lighting plan. Recessed lights, track lights, and pendants are helpful in eliminating shadows on surfaces. Moreover, for proper ventilation and natural lighting, you can add or enlarge basement windows and exterior door. To give your basement main-floor style look, cover the concrete with your choice of materials like plywood, paneling, or paint over the concrete. The solid wood flooring is not recommended for below-grade installations because it shrinks and expands, resulting in gaps or warping. Also, you need to choose the ceiling option which is best suited for your basement.


Amanda R. Dubose

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