A basement remodeling job can add a lot of extra living space to your home – and it can be cheaper than adding an addition on the outside. In this blog post, we will discuss everything you need to know about basement remodeling: from why people usually do it, to the cost, to planning the basement’s layout.
We’ll also answer some common questions that people have about basement renovations. By the end of this post, you’ll know everything you need to make an informed decision about whether or not a basement remodeling job is right for your home.
Why Do Homeowners Remodel Their Basements?
If you are thinking of remodeling your home, you may wonder if adding on to the outside or renovating the basement is cheaper. Basement remodeling can be a great way to add more space to your home, such as a media room or home gym, and it can often be more affordable than adding on. Before you can jump right into tearing down the old drywall and putting up new walls, though, there are a few things you need to know about basement remodeling.
One of the most common reasons people remodel their basements is to gain extra living space. If your family is growing and you need more room, or if you entertain often and need a larger area, a basement remodel can be a great solution. In addition, finishing your basement can also increase the value of your home.
Another common reason to remodel your basement is to update an old or outdated space. If your basement feels musty and dated, a renovation can breathe new life into the area. You can also add features that make your home more functional by finishing your basements, such as storage space or a laundry room.
How to Plan for a Finished Basement
Ideally, your basement won’t need many improvements; however, we don’t live in a perfect world. If your basement is damp, has a musty smell, or needs repairs, you should address these before starting any remodeling project.
If your basement is damp, you may need to install a dehumidifier to keep the space dry; if there is water damage on the walls or floor, you will need to repair these before proceeding with the remodel. Once you have addressed any issues with the space, you can start planning your basement layout.
Plan the Basement Layout
First, you must determine what the basement’s purpose will be. Will it be a family room, playroom, home office, or guest bedroom? Once you know how to use the space, you can start planning the layout. For example, if you plan to use the basement for entertaining guests, you must include seating and a TV area. If you want to use the space to layout an office, you will need a desk and plenty of storage for office supplies. Be sure to pay attention to:
- Bedrooms need a window for emergency egress, so they need to be located appropriately in the layout.
- Keep the TV-viewing area in a darker basement section to reduce glare and create a theatre-like appeal.
- The main socializing area needs to be in a spot with the best natural light to draw visitors into the space.
- Store snacks and beverages appropriately to avoid people crossing in front of the TV area.
As we mentioned before, your basement must be dry and free of any water damage before you can start the remodeling process. Once you have addressed any issues with the space, you will need to install a subfloor. A subfloor is a layer of material installed over the concrete floor to insulate against cold and provide a level surface for the new flooring.
After installing the subfloor, you will need to have the space inspected by a licensed electrician and plumber. They will ensure that the wiring and plumbing are up to code and ready for the new fixtures you plan to install—probe structural joists and other wooden frames for insect damage and rot. Any concerns need to be addressed appropriately before the remodel can continue.
Finishing Basement Walls
There are a few options to consider when deciding how to address moisture problems and finish your basement walls. Waterproof paint, waterproof panelling, and ceramic tile are all suitable options for finishing your basement walls. Be sure to consult with a professional to determine the best choice for your space. Typically, DIYers and Professionals alike utilize three different wall methods:
● Insulated Stud Walls – best for DIYers
● Interlocking Panel Systems – suitable for DIYers who want to save space and labour
● Professional Basement Refinishers – Non-DIYers
Installing New Equipment
Now that your basement is ready, you can start installing new equipment. This may include a water heater, laundry, or a home theatre system. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when installing any new equipment. You will need to install egress windows if you plan to use your basement as an extra bedroom. Egress windows are required by code in any room considered a bedroom and provide an emergency escape in case of fire or another disaster.
Determine if you need more headroom as many building codes call for 7 to 7.5-foot clearance; if you don’t have that height available, you may be able to dig out your basement floor to gain the extra space. Get all the necessary permits before starting any work in your basement. After all the new equipment is installed, you can start working on the finishes. This may include painting, installing new flooring, or adding trim work to the walls.
Take your time when planning your basement remodel to ensure that the space meets all of your needs. Then, with some planning and effort, you can create a functional and comfortable space for your family to enjoy for years to come.
Integrity Home Pro is Here to Help
As you can see, a lot goes into planning a basement remodeling job. But if you take the time to research and plan accordingly, the process doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Integrity Home Pro is here to help you with all aspects of your basement remodel. We will work with you to create a functional and stylish space from the initial planning stages to the final touches.
Integrity Home Pro always puts quality before money and treats our clients as family. Contact us today to join our long list of satisfied customers. Visit our website to learn more about our services and get started on your dream basement.