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Basement remodeling can make a home more comfortable, along with
adding hundreds of usable square feet to a home. This is especially
advantageous for families that need room to expand and do not have the
money or yard room for an addition to their home. This home
improvement project is more cost effective and easier than most home
additions; an unfinished basement already has a floor, walls, and
Remodeling Ideas: Suggestions for Use
The following are a few ideas for basement remodeling projects:
•Home Theater – is one of the most popular ideas, because the room can
be transformed to provide a realistic movie theater experience with a
flat screen TV and sound system.
•Home Office – many people work at home today and typically have
difficulty carving out a quiet space in a home. A basement is ideal
for this and it also solves the home office tax deductibility problem.
•Family/Game Room – this type of room provides a place where the whole
family can get together.
•Bar/Entertainment Room – basement remodeling for this type of room
provides an excellent room for entertaining during inclement weather
and winter months.
•Workout Room – this is ideal for those who want a dedicated room for
exercise equipment, without sacrificing space in the home.
Design Tips: Things to Consider for Comfort
These design tips should be followed to avoid budget, safety, and
•Contractor – if hiring a handyman or contractor, it is essential to
ensure they are reliable, qualified, and certified for the job.
•Radon – check for radon gas with self check kit or hire a
professional. Installing an air ventilation system typically corrects
any radon problem.
•Energy Audit – it is important to conduct an energy audit of the
basement before remodeling to identify all sources of energy gain or
loss, so problems can be corrected during renovation.
•Emergency Exits – check local building codes for size of windows and
what qualifies as an emergency exit from a basement. If the basement
remodeling plan includes a bedroom, it cannot be consider a basement
for reselling purposes without emergency exits that meet code
•Windows – if no windows exist or existing windows are small, add or
enlarge windows to allow as much natural light into a finished
basement as practical. Some people are known to have psychological
problems when cut off from natural light for long periods.
•Flooring – use tiles, linoleum, and area rugs. If a carpet gets wet,
it is more difficult to dry in a basement. Remember there are still
ways to get water in a finished basement such as an overflowing bath
tub, clogged toilet, and clogged dishwasher.
•Artificial Lighting – the more the better and especially important if
there are few sources of natural light.
•Heating and Air Conditioning – although a basement is naturally
warmer in winter and cooler in summer due the earth that surrounds it,
additional ventilation is needed for comfort. Ensure the remodeled
basement has its own thermostat.
•Suspended Ceiling – installation is essential for access to
electrical, plumbing, and ventilation for both the basement and upper
•Horizontal Design – this design element emphasizes the width and
length of the room. Lay tiles in a diagonal pattern so the finished
basement feels wider.
•Bathroom – an extra full bathroom or at least a half-bath is
considered essential to keep from having to run up and down the stairs
when nature calls.
Waterproofing: First Step in Remodeling
Waterproofing must be accomplished before finishing a basement. Most
basements have a tendency to leak water; however, this problem can be
controlled or eliminated. Signs to look for include:
•Mold/Mildew – even if not visible, it is there when a musty odor is
•Damp Spots on Walls – these may indicate that water is wicking
through basement walls into the basement.
•Cracks in Walls – although water may not be evident now, water may
eventually leak through the cracks.
•Rust on Appliances – any appliances, heater, or furnace with rust is
an indicator of a damp basement.
•Sump Pump – if one is installed, ensure it is properly sized, works,
and has a battery backup.
If any of these occur, they must be corrected. In many cases, covering
the walls with a good concrete waterproofing sealer may fix the
problem. Another cause may be poor air circulation, which can be
corrected with adding a basement ventilation system.
Just like renovating any room in a home, basement remodeling has its
own challenges. However, these challenges can be overcome when the
home owner considers what they need to know about home improvement.
The good thing about basement renovations is that any existing
problems are exposed and the budget will not be rocked by sudden
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