Finding the perfect basement design before transforming the lower level of your house into a home office, gym or family activity room is only one part of the basement remodeling equation. The most significant step is to take into account all these annoying technical related factors which will ensure the space will be safe, bright, joyful and water-tight.
And that’s where an experienced finished basement contractor comes in. The lower levels of each house are often neglected. They are not insulated, well-ventilated and waterproofed and are prone to flood and get contaminated with mildew. So focusing on the right basement finishing steps to ensure nothing nightmarish will disturb your life is essential.
- Make sure the basement is dry and keep it that way
Plumbing pipes, water tanks and ducts are often found in the basement. Whether you plan new kitchen and bathroom installation or not, make sure water equipment, pipes and drainage systems are all fine or replace them. You can conceal pipes and ducts with drywalls, but you must make sure they are accessible for maintenance and repairs. If you like the industrial look, you can just let them exposed in the environment.
- Check the condition and height of the ceiling
Basements don’t often have enough height. Although this might not create a problem if you want to use the basement as a TV room, it might cause a problem if you want to make it a gym. The height problem might be solved with some basement floor remodeling. What’s even more important is your safety. In other words, you need to make sure the ceiling is stable and will stay this way. Don’t forget that there are bathrooms and kitchens right above. Water damage will ruin the ceiling questioning its stability and creating the perfect environment for mold growth. So apart from some basic basement ceiling repair work, also waterproof it.
- Bring more light
By definition, most basements lack sufficient natural light. That’s why you should invest in good artificial lighting and some great ideas which will make the space brighter. For example, avoid dark colors. White and neutral colors make spaces look bigger anyway.
- Choose the right flooring solution
Basement waterproofing is one of the most important remodeling steps. Floods are not always avoidable. So get prepared. Choosing the right floor is also significant. Avoid carpets which can be soaked, damaged and contaminated with mildew quickly. Avoid hardwood too because it can be ruined easily by water. Invest in more water-resistant basement flooring solutions (like tiles), a proper drainage system and waterproofing.
- Keep the right temperatures
Basement insulation is the best way to keep the right indoor temperatures. You can control the temperature in the basement and keep outside warm or cold air drafts from entering. With the right insulation, you also isolate the space from noise and save a lot on utility bills.
- Is there an escape route?
Before you do anything, the basement contractor will have to check the local building regulations. You might need to add egress windows if you are going to transform the basement into a living space. Such entry points will allow you to escape should there is an emergency and will allow emergency units (like firefighters) to enter and rescue you.
Technicalities might be annoying but they are the bread to the butter. If you don’t invest in the best possible basement finishing, you might have a serious problem in the future that might throw your money spent on renovations out the window or worse endanger your life.