For most custom basement remodels, planning usually revolves around the end product: How you want to use the basement and the changes you’ll need to make to achieve the ultimate result. But, preparing for a basement remodel involves a lot of tasks to be carried out.
- Identifying and eliminating any water issues
You don’t want to go through the expense of basement finishing before addressing the issue of water damage. So, ensure you address all, if any, existing or potential water issues before you begin your basement remodeling project.
- Getting your permits
Many homeowners when finishing their basements would choose to ignore building permits. This can be costly because you can get penalized for doing so. The right way to go is to visit your local municipality and get the right permits and paperwork for any building and zoning codes.
- Taking into account the headroom
Building codes usually require at least 7 feet of ceiling space, for that reason you may want to relocate the pipes or ducts higher up into the ceiling or away from the center of the room. You can also consider installing a drop ceiling, it is another great way of concealing all ductwork while ensuring easy access to electrical lines and pipes when maintenance is needed.
- Deciding how you’ll deal with waste removal
Like any other improvement project, basement remodel does generate a significant amount of waste including debris. And because your basement was previously used for storage, you’ll need to get rid of a lot of junk. So, you need a plan of how you are going to get rid of the waste.
- Considering insulation
You can plan ahead by investing in noise control by insulating the ceiling above the basement by using fiberglass or steel wool insulators. Some drop ceilings also offer noise control or if you’re considering installing drywall, have in mind adding deadening attachment clips which contain neoprene rubber gaskets that help prevent sound from traveling through the ceiling.
Having done all this you’ll be on your way to creating the comfy basement of your dream. If you stay in Apex, Cary, Raleigh, Holly Springs, and the surrounding areas and you need any help and ideas on how to remodel and finish your basement, feel free to reach out to 3D Remodeling, Inc for quality remodeling services.