Ready To Remodel?
If your Gladstone home is starting to feel cramped now might be the right time to consider finishing your basement. You might have trouble seeing past the restrictions of your basement, but the fact is that it can be used for more than a creepy room where you keep all your junk. Being creative with your basement area will allow you to make use of the extra footage, and increase the value of your home. Having said that, the challenging nature of basement remodeling is why so many basement remain “unfinished”.
Although there are certainly a number of ways to turn the basement into one of the more welcoming rooms in your home, you need to first ensure that the space is actually livable. There is a huge difference between the other rooms in your home and your basement, and they come with their own unique challenges. As such, it is vitally important that you understand these challenges if you want to be reasonable about the changes you want to make.
What will be the purpose of the new space?
Once you have decided that your basement can be finished, the next step is to determine what you want to use the room for. There are many things you can do with your basement, including turning it into a family room, children’s playroom, additional bedroom, game room, home office, music or art studio, home gym or anything else that may tickle your fancy, as long as it’s practical.
The possibilities are limited only by your imagination and budget. The good thing is that if you have the room you can combine ideas. When choosing what to do with your basement, don’t forget that all your ideas have to comply with local building codes. Case in point, if you decide to turn the space into a bedroom, you will need multiple means of egress, so you would need to install windows that are big enough to crawl through in case of a fire.
Do I have to have a Yard Sale?
Everybody knows that for one reason or another basements tend to eventually turn into junk rooms. This means that all this stuff needs to be moved elsewhere when you renovate your basement. Taking this into consideration you will probably still need to allocate some of the square footage to storage. The good news is that during the remolding process you can design better ways to organize your storage area so that it takes up less space. From something as straight forward as installing closets or adding extra shelving under the basement stairs, to more complex storage and cabinetry ideas; it is an opportunity to get innovative and make optimal use of every square foot.
What flooring options are available?
Flooring choices for the basement are rather limited because the room is below ground level. Carpet is obviously a standard for upper level rooms, but in a basement environment it can be a magnet for mold and mildew. This may occur if you have a water problem, in addition to the hassle of a constantly damp or wet carpet. If there is any kind of moisture concerns in your basement then you may want to consider waterproofing prior to considering your flooring choices. That said, dry basements do actually exists. If you happen to be fortunate enough to have a dry basement then carpeting is a perfectly practical choice.
Fortunately, even if you have minor moisture issues in your basement, there are smart flooring alternatives to choose from. You could go with a sub-floor specifically designed for use in basements. A sub-floor works by establishing a barrier to block any moisture the concrete slab below it might produce. An all-in-one floor is an alternative – it combines a finished floor surface on top of plastic sub-floor tiles. Colored or stained concrete is yet another alternative that ensures you never have to worry about mold, and you can combine this with in-floor radiant heat for a design and style that is both attractive and comfortable.
Gladstone Basement Finishing
There are many additional things to consider for your basement remodeling, including your ceiling options, window and lighting options as well as all the building codes. Because of this, it is always beneficial to work with professionals who understand all the unique challenges that come with basement finishing. Steve’s Home Improvement has a team of remodeling experts that are specialists in basement renovation and service all of Clackamas County, Oregon.
Call (503) 342-8234 today for all your basement finishing needs for your Gladstone home.