Tips for Finishing Your Basement

Tips for Finishing Your Basement

In Lake Carroll Real Estate by Fawnridge Realty, Inc.

Most people think of their basement as a place for storage. Often the things that go down there don’t resurface for many years, to be rediscovered like treasures. However, there is a lot of unrealized potential in a basement, as it provides quite a lot of space which can be repurposed as an added living space, studio, or workout room. Investing in a refinished basement not only comes in handy but adds significant value to your home. 

The basic steps to a finished basement include insulation of walls, reflooring and adding a ceiling to transform your lower level into a comfortable living or workspace. If you are dreaming of finishing your basement, here are a few tips to consider, to make sure that you get exactly what you have envisioned. 

Starting the Process

The first step to any remodel is to prepare the space. This means that before you can even consider renovation, first you must pull out all the things which you have been storing in your basement. Clear out the junk so you have a fresh place to work and are not surprised by any unexplored corner which could cause an issue later.

Protect from Moisture

Next, inspect your basement for any potential sources of moisture. Basements are famous for having unexpected leaks from groundwater, which can easily warp or compromise the integrity of your build. Identify where the source of the moisture is and fix it. Look for wet soil and install drain titles. If you find cracks in the foundation, patch them and make sure the patches work before continuing. 

Water can be persistent and tricky. Redirect downspouts away from your foundation and regrade slopes around your house, so water runs away from it. Consider installing a sump pump to pull water away from storm drains and invest in waterproof coatings on the interior walls of the basement. Even if you don’t have a problem now, anticipating potential issues will help protect your investment in the future. 

Do Your Research 

There are building codes for everything and a basement remodel is no exception. Research local building permits and building codes for basements. You will need to apply for building permits to make sure your build is legitimate. Doing research beforehand on building codes can help you select the appropriate materials for your project that fit somewhere between your vision and what the codes call for.

Gathering Your Materials and Tools

One of the most important parts of any building job is making sure you have all the right tools and materials before you start. There is nothing more frustrating than having to stop everything, to run to the hardware store during rush-hour, because you need more screws or a forgotten tool. Measure your basement before purchasing materials. Plan for your workday, as much as you can. There will always be unexpected surprises but the less of these you have the smoother your project will go. 

Finishing the Basement Walls

If your basement walls are concrete it will help to warm the space and make it more inviting by framing, insulating, and hanging drywall. This will make your downstairs storage space feel like a cozy and inviting part of your home. 

Finishing the Basement Floor

Once you’ve completed the walls it’s time to consider the floor and subflooring for added insulation. The best basement floors will be waterproof or water-resistant. This not only protects the room from moisture but adds the potential for home gyms, art studios, playrooms, or offices. Choose a floor that is right for what you want to do with the space.

Finishing the Basement Ceiling

To complete the clean look of your basement you’ll have to install ceiling to cover up pipes and wires hanging from above. It’s important to choose a material or build style that allows you to access the wires and pipes when you need to. Some people find painting the ceiling allows pipes and wires to blend in while still providing access. Others enjoy the ease of drop ceiling which allows you to lift away a tile if you need to, without disassembling the entire ceiling.

Enjoy Your New Finished Basement!

Once you’ve finished transforming your concrete basement into a fully formed and insulated extra room, all that is left to do is paint, add furniture and decorate to your liking. Enjoy this part because you have definitely put in the work!