Ready To Remodel?
If you are lucky to have a dry basement in your Boring home that is unfinished, you have hit the jackpot when it comes to additional living space. For many homeowners a basement is just an oversized place to hide junk. Getting creative with your basement space will help you make use of the added square footage, and increase the value of your home. With that being said, you have to realize that basement remodeling is much more complex than other rooms.
Before you start pinning basement ideas on Pinterest you should assess your basement to confirm that a remodeling project is realistic. There is a world of difference between your basement and other upper level rooms in your home, and they each present a unique set of challenges. As such, it is important that you understand these potential issues if you want to be realistic about the changes you want to make.
What will you use your basement for?
Once you have decided that it is feasible to finish your basement, the next step is to decide what you want to use the room for. Converting a basement into a home theater room has become a very popular idea in recent years.. While that is an option there are many different ways to use your basement, including a home gym, mother-in-law suite, home office, or even an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) to generate extra cash.
The possibilities are limited only by your imagination and budget. The good thing is that if you have enough space you can combine ideas. When choosing what to do with your basement, take into account that your design ideas may need to comply with local building codes. Turning the basement into an extra bedroom is a rather common thing, but to do so involves making sure there at least one additional means of egress besides just the stairs. Adding basement windows that are large enough to crawl through will allow you to adhere to the building code.
Do I have to have a Yard Sale?
We all know that for one reason or another basements have a tendency to wind up being junk rooms. Which 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. However, you can also find more creative ways to create storage areas in your house. From something as straight forward as building extra shelving or closets under the basement stairs, to more complex storage and cabinetry ideas; it is an opportunity to get imaginative and make optimal use of every square foot.
What about basement flooring options?
Flooring alternatives 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 breeding ground 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 are moisture concerns in your basement then you should consider waterproofing before you consider your flooring selections. Having said that, this does not mean that carpets are not ideal options for all basements.
Fortunately, even with a basement floor that is sure to get wet, there are good flooring alternatives to choose from. You could go with a sub-floor designed specifically for basements. These are constructed to form a shield against any moisture that might permeate the concrete slab below. An all-in-one floor is an alternative – it integrates a plastic sub-floor tiles with a finished floor surface covering. Finishing the concrete floor is also an option, and you can even include stain or color options. The benefit of concrete is that there’s no need to worry about mold, but with concrete it is worth considering adding in-floor radiant heat to protect against moisture and assist with climate control.
Boring Basement Finishing
It is well worth mentioning again, when it comes to basement remodeling the building code is the most important aspect. Adhering to the building code has to trump all other considerations. This is where working with a general contractor who is aware of the many unique situations that are associated with finishing a basement can make the job much more enjoyable. Steve’s Home Improvement is a team of remodeling professionals that are specialists in basement renovation and service all of Clackamas County, Oregon.
For all of your basement finishing needs in Boring Call (503) 342-8234 today for a free quote.