Ready To Remodel?
If you are lucky to have a dry basement in your Beavercreek home that is unfinished, you might as well be sitting on a gold mine when it comes to additional square footage. For many homeowners a basement is just an oversized closet. A few inspiring basement ideas should help you tap into all that extra footage and add a eye-catching addition to your home. With that being said, you must understand why basement remodeling is not always a simple project.
Although there can be many different ways to transform your basement into one of the more welcoming rooms in your home, you first need to ensure the space is livable. Remodeling your basement is not the same as renovating the other rooms in your home. These unique challenges must be taken into consideration. Because of this, it is vitally important to understand these challenges if you want to be reasonable about the changes you want to make.
There are a number of things you want to think about: whether the basement has a moisture issue; whether it has provisions for heating and cooling; whether it has ducts and pipes below the ceiling joists that may need relocation; whether it is radon-free, and whether your ceiling is high enough.
What will you use your basement for?
Once you have decided that it is feasible to finish your basement, the next thing to do is to decide how you are going to use the extra room. There are several 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 best part is that if you have the room you can implement more than one idea. When deciding how to use your basement, keep in mind that all your ideas may need to comply with specific building codes. Converting your basement into an extra bedroom is a rather common thing, but to do so requires that you make sure there at least one more means of egress besides just the stairs. Adding basement windows that are large enough to fit through will allow you to comply with the code.
What do I do with all my junk?
Generally, an unfinished basement becomes the storage area for all the stuff you accumulate. This means that all this junk needs to be moved elsewhere when you remodel 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. For instance, you could build shelving or small closets under the stairwell, have shelves along the walls enclosed behind small doors, or use stock cabinetry as storage chests and bench seats.
What about basement flooring?
Flooring alternatives for the basement are limited simply 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 breeding ground for mold and mildew. Constantly damp carpet is annoying, but the mold that it could result in can resulted in health issues for your family as well as costly remediation costs to remove it. If there is any kind of moisture issues in your basement then you should research waterproofing prior to considering your flooring choices. Having said that, dry basements do actually exists. If you happen to be fortunate enough to have a dry basement then carpet is a perfectly sensible choice.
We all know that moisture is frequently an problem with basements and this can influence your flooring choices. Fortunately there are sub-floors that are designed specifically for basements. These are constructed to form a shield against any moisture that might permeate the concrete slab underneath. Believe it or not, all-in-one options do exist. They consist of plastic sub-floor tiles fused to a finished floor surface. Colored or stained concrete is yet another option that guarantees you never have to worry about mold, and you can combine this with in-floor heating elements for a design and style that is both attractive and comfortable.
Beavercreek Basement Finishing
There are many more considerations you need to make 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 finishing a basement. Our expert team of remodeling contractors know all the ins and outs of basement remodeling as well the building code unique to Clackamas County, Oregon.
For all of your basement finishing needs in Beavercreek Call (503) 342-8234 today for a free assessment.