How to remodel your basement depends on the extent of the projects. Some are remodeling a basement from floor to ceiling transforming it into another room in the house. Others are just remodeling to update a basement already finished into a room. If you decide to hire a contractor for all or any element of the basement remodel there are a few elements to keep in mind. Be sure to get a bonded, licensed and insured contactor. The cost of a basement remodel can really add up so get estimates and check around for someone who knows about waterproofing and everything related. If you are doing the work make sure to have all the tools you need for each element of the project. Remember you could buy tools needed, but consider borrowing tools from friends and family or rent these tools, which will help save money.
Designing a project plan is the foundation to remodeling your basement. Before taking any steps, you need to know what you want. Once it is time to start remodeling take everything out of the basement. Then inspect every inch of the bare room including pipes, ductwork and other elements in the work area. Search for any hidden issues that need to be fixed. Are the floors and walls moist? Is the floor level or are there any cracks? check the light fixtures and outlets to make sure there will be enough for the finished room. It will be better to fix any problems before the room is done. It is also easier to fix these problems on a blank canvas because construction is already under way. Just make it part of the project.
Consider the lighting as it is usually dark in a basement. The lighting type is determined by what the room will become because lighting for a guest room and a home theatre are different. There will be items to cover with a wall including, cable, electrical, air vents, phone line or plumbing. Lay out your walls to help install these items and remember to have it inspected before putting on the drywall and painting.
Basements are the foundation of a house and are underground. It is often cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, as the furnace is usually found in the area. carpeting over the concrete floor is acceptable, but adding a sub floor makes the floor warmer as the ground's dampness and colder temperature permeate through the concrete. Just remember that basement floors are often uneven due to the design to help with drainage. Nevertheless, ceilings are often lower in a basement and if a floor is added that takes up more room. Make sure the room still allows for adequate space that is comfortable. When the floor is ready add any trim and baseboard that is desired. When the day comes and the new area is complete it is time to place the furniture and start decorating.