Adding more usable space to your home is a great way to add value to your property, and your family’s life. Of course, renovating a basement is no walk in the park, so if you’re thinking about renovating the space under your home, here’s a few things you need to know to get it right:
Find the Best Contractor
If you’re having a contractor do the work, it’s important that you shop around and find one who has experience dealing with basements and a good track record. A bad job could render your renovation useless.
Check for Hazards
It’s really important to remember that a lot of basements are teeming with hazardous materials of all kinds. Things like asbestos can often be found in walls and floors, as can lead paint, and you will need to remove them before you even think about renovating. Your contractor and a good testing lab can help you with this.
Plan the Exits
Something many basement renovators forget is to plan safe routes out of the basement in case of emergency. At the very least, your basement should feature a window that is large enough for a human to escape from but depending on where you are, you may need to adhere to stricter building codes.
Get Rid of Unwanted Water
There is little point renovating your basement if it is going to be compromised by water whether that be in the form of flooding, damp or mold. That’s why you should install the best sump pump you can afford, such as the Tsurumi HS2.4S, and why you should find and fix any and all sources of water before you even begin the project.
If the ceilings in your basement are low, it’s usually a better option to dig down into the ground than it is to relocate pipework and wiring to give you the required height. It’s more affordable and less work to do this overall.
Think About the Future
If your basement renovation is just the first of many changes you plan to make as a homeowner, it’s a really good idea to think about the exact changes you plan to make on the rest of the house because the basement will likely need to be worked on again if you, say decide to extend your home or remodel the kitchen. If you plan ahead, you can, for example, add extra circuits into the floor plan so that when they are needed, you won’t need to mess up your basement again.
Make it Stylish
If you’re going to the effort of renovating your basement, then it makes sense to spend a little more time and money on making it look good. A lot of people choose the same kind of decor for the basement as they do the rest of the home so that it all gels together. However, since the basement is usually a little cut off from the rest of the home, it can be lots of fun to go crazy in there and do things you wouldn’t usually – the choice is yours!