The basement is one of the most forgotten spaces in the house. Usually, it is left unused or used as a storage space for holiday decorations.
But this space usually has great potential, of course with some remodeling.
This can be a simple cleaning and rearranging task, or a comprehensive transformation into a full-fledged room. It could be an entertainment area, an additional living space or a guest room.
Plus, a basement finish can potentially increase your home’s value. All it takes is a plan and budget plus the willingness to take on the task.
If you’re ready to take on your basement remodeling project, there are a few things you have to do correctly for the basement to serve its new purpose.
Basement finishing must-do’s
- Keep it dry
Before anything, ensure you’ve dealt with moisture problems in the basement.
And to prevent your basement from becoming damp, you may want to consider adding a vapor barrier to floors and walls prior to framing and finishing of these surfaces.
- Get permits
Necessary permits especially for plumbing and electrical work are necessary. So, check with your local municipality for all permits you may need.
- Add ceiling and lighting
A drop ceiling is perfect for basements as they will be able to conceal off all plumbing and electrical lines.
Recessed lighting is an easy corporation with drop ceiling plus they won’t take much space as compared to light fixtures.
- Add warmth
Install your heating vents at the baseboard. Warm air rises and so the basement will be kept warm.
Make sure the basement heating makes sense for your design plan and it will easily tie into your existing HVAC system.
After taking care of all these, you’ll be on your way to a perfectly finished basement. For professional assistance, you’ve got lots of options to choose from in your local area.