Basement Renovation Tips

Is your basement cluttered or full of stuff?  Are you not properly using your basement to its full potential as an extra living space? A finished basement nearly doubles the amount of livable space within a home. If your basement has become a “store all” and you are actually running out of room to store any more items, then it is time to de-clutter and re-organize the room! Self-storage is a great option to help when you need to re-organize and de-clutter! Store your seasonal items such as sweaters & coats, seasonal decorations and items that you no longer need, but can’t give away.  Dymon offers climate controlled storage units that will protect your seasonal belongings from damage.

If you decide to totally renovate the basement, there are so many options on how to utilize your basement such as: create a “man cave”, family home theater, office, exercise room or even an apartment. HGTV  has a show that showcases this option called Income Property . This show details the costs and process of creating an apartment in your basement. In most cases, if you are making major changes to the basement, you will need to hire a contractor to do the job. The contractor will get the proper permits needed for renovation and make sure that all of the changes to the space are correct to the city and state codes. The contractor will come in handy if you are doing electrical and plumbing work.  There are also many books, videos and websites that can help you in your renovation process. Check out your local home supply store for more information as well!

To start the renovating process, you will need to start with a plan of what you want to do with the space. Take measurements so you know what amount of space you will have to work with. Decide on the overall design of the project at this time. Then, work on your budget and if you are going to do the project yourself or if you will need to hire a contractor. During this process, you will need to shop for the materials that you will need during your project. If you are able to do the work on your own, the cost of the project could be considerably less. Once you have settled on a plan and design, inspect the basement for any moisture problems. If there is water coming through the walls, this can cause mold and could be a very costly to fix. Once the moisture problem has been addressed, then you can move on to the actual re-constructing process.

During construction, there are a few tips that you might want to keep in mind as you are building walls, installing new flooring or ceilings. Make sure that you properly insulate the basement to keep the warm air in and the cold air out. Encase the insulation with a vapor barrier before you add dry wall and create your walls. This also applies to your flooring. Concrete basement floors can be very cold, so you will need to put carpet padding in between the cement floor and the new carpeting. If you are going with a wood floor, add a vapor barrier and insulation board between the cement and the flooring material. A dropped ceiling in the basement is a great idea. The ceiling tiles hide the piping and electrical work for the basement and the rest of the house. Lighting is key in the basement as there usually are not many light sources available in basements. Recessed lighting could be an option to light up the basement and make it more inviting. Remember to give enough room in the renovation plans for the furnace area. There is special coding for the amount of clearance that needs to be maintained between the wall and the furnace.

The fun part of the renovation comes at the end. This is when you get to choose paint color, furniture, cabinets and all of the other finishes for the room. Consult with design books and magazines for ideas for the color scheme of the room. Once the project is completed, it will be a great space for your family for years to come. Plus, a finished basement will add value to your home! This is a great factor if you do plan on selling the home in the future. Good Luck with your remodel!

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6 comments on “Basement Renovation Tips

  1. householdremovals
    August 20, 2012 at 3:50 AM #

    Where to start the renovation process, what to do while starting, what are the tips which need to be keep in mind during construction; all this information is very helpful. You have given the good tips to make the renovation process and easy, comfortable and enjoyable process.

  2. London Removal Services
    August 20, 2012 at 4:04 AM #

    To renovate the house one should have to take the services of experienced company. How we can start, what are the basic points which should be keep in mind while making renovation are defines very effectively in this article. Any one can follow these steps while making any renovation. Thank you for listing these points.

  3. Mini Scaffolds For Home Repair
    December 6, 2012 at 11:25 AM #

    These are great ideas on how to renovate your basement and make it more useful. Planning is really key if you do not want your efforts, resources and time to go down the drain…May I just add that it will also be helpful if you have certain devices and pieces of equipment ready for your do-it-yourself renovation project. Apart from the basic carpentry materials, you must also be ready with stuffs that will help you with some off-the ground tasks like mini ,or portable scaffolds.

  4. Renovations Edmonton
    December 12, 2012 at 3:48 PM #

    Thanks for the great tips on Renovations I will really keep that points in mind while renovating my home.

  5. demolition Sarasota
    September 30, 2013 at 5:15 AM #

    The basement does not have to be dark or dull-looking. With tips such as the ones given in this post, we can try to improve the look and functionality of our basements in order to maximize our living spaces. Thanks!

  6. Maxworthy Pool Restorations
    November 29, 2013 at 4:36 AM #

    Great Service…Such an excellent service you have been provides. It’s really helpful to me.

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