Thinking about turning your basement into a living space? A finished basement can give you a lot of extra space for entertaining guests and storage space. Before you jump to the end there are a few things you might want to consider to create the ultimate space.
Dry it Out
Fix the moisture in your basement before you start renovating. Moisture can cause your basement to have major structural problems with your home's foundation which can be very costly. It can also cause mold and mildew to grow giving a nasty odor to your home.
Protect Outside Foundation
Water from the outside of your home is a major threat to your basement. To make sure this doesn't happen to your home make sure water is standing around your foundation. Installing downspout extensions and sloping soil beds will help water travel away from your foundation.
Install a Sump Pump
Installing a sump pump in your basement will help protect from water damage. Check your sump pump monthly to ensure that it is working correctly.
You may want to add another bathroom to your new area. Have a professional come in and inspect/upgrade your plumbing.
Upgrade/Inspect Wiring & Lighting
With your new entertainment space, you will want lighting and wiring for all your needs. Hire a professional to upgrade your plugs and lighting.
Hide Your Furnace
Create a space that will hold your furnace and water heater. Keep this area clear of any renovations you will be doing.
Install insulation on walls, floors, and pipes. This will also help as a sound barrier.
Upgrading your flooring will help provide warmth and comfort to your basement. There are different options for flooring you can choose from: engineered wood flooring, rubber flooring, vinyl tile, epoxy, ceramic tile and more.
Installing walls will help you keep warm in your basement. This will also give you the chance to be able to paint your walls.
Have a Plan
Make sure you have a plan. Knowing how you want your basement to function and look will help in the long run of renovation.