Time To Remodel?
If you are lucky to have a dry basement in your Cornelius home that is unfinished, you might as well be sitting on a gold mine when it comes to additional living space. Often times homeowners can’t see their basement for anything more than a storage area. Getting creative with your basement area will allow you to make use of the added footage, and increase your home’s value. With that in mind, the reason that so many basements remain “unfinished” is that basement remodeling can be quite challenging.
Although there are certainly a number of ways to turn the basement into one of the more welcoming rooms in your home, you first need to ensure that the space is actually livable. Remodeling your basement is not the same as remodeling the other rooms in your home. There are many unique challenges that need to be taken into consideration. As such, it is important to understand these challenges if you want to be reasonable about any changes you may want to make.
There are a several things you need to consider: 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.
How will you use it?
Once you have determined that your basement can be finished, the next thing to do is to determine how you are going to use the extra room. There are numerous things you can use your basement for, 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 budget and imagination. The best part is that if you have enough space you can implement more than one idea. When deciding how to use your basement, try to remember that all your ideas will need to comply with specific building codes. For instance, if you choose to turn the area into a bedroom, you may need multiple means of egress, so you would need to install windows that are large enough to crawl through in case of a fire.
Do I have to have a Yard Sale?
Typically, an unfinished basement becomes the storage area for all the stuff you acquire over the years. Needless to say if you turn your basement into functional space you soon realize you need to find a place for all that stuff. You may need to still commit some of your new basement space for storage purposes rather than using it all for living space. 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 are your flooring choices?
Considering basements are below ground level the types of flooring can be limited. Carpet is obviously a standard for upper level rooms, but in a basement environment it can be a magnet for mold and mildew. Perpetually damp carpet is annoying, but the mold that it could result in can cause health issues for your family as well as costly remediation bills to remove it. If there are moisture problems in your basement then you may want to consider waterproofing prior to considering your flooring choices. That said, dry basements actually do exist. If you happen to be fortunate enough to have a dry basement then carpet is a perfectly practical choice. If you basement doesn’t have moisture issues, there’s no reason at all why you shouldn’t get carpet.
We all know that moisture is always an problem with basements and this can impact your flooring choices. Fortunately there are sub-floors that are specifically designed for basements. These are designed to form a shield against any moisture that might permeate the concrete slab below. An all-in-one floor is another option – it combines a finished floor surface on top of plastic sub-floor tiles. Colored or stained concrete is still another alternative that ensures you never have to worry about mold, and you can use this in conjunction with in-floor radiant heat for a design and style that is both comfortable and attractive.
Cornelius Basement Finishing
There are many additional considerations you need to make for your basement remodeling, including your ceiling options, window and lighting options as well as all the building codes. As a result, it is always advisable to work with professionals who understand all the unique challenges that come with finishing a basement. Steve’s Home Improvement is a team of remodeling experts that specialize in basement remodeling and service the majority of Washington County, Oregon.
Call (503) 342-8234 today for all your basement finishing needs for your Cornelius home.