Time To Remodel?
If your Silverton home is starting to feel cramped now might be the right time to give some thought to finishing your basement. For so many homeowners a basement is just an extra-large closet. A few imaginative 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 have to realize that basement remodeling is not always a simple project.
Although there can be a number of ways to transform your basement into one of the more welcoming rooms in your home, you need to first ensure the space is livable. Remodeling your basement is not the same as renovating the other rooms in your home. There are many unique challenges that need to be taken into consideration. Having a clear understanding of what all the project involves will allow you to establish much more reasonable expectations.
What will you use your basement for?
Once you have decided that it is feasible to finish your basement, the next step is to determine how you are going to use the extra room. Converting a basement into a home theater room has become a very popular idea in recent years.. Obviously that is an option, but 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 may seem almost infinite, and you can even incorporate two or more ideas if you have the space. When deciding what to do with your basement, take into account that your design ideas may need to comply with local building codes. For example, if you choose to convert the space into a bedroom, you may need several means of egress, so you would need windows that are large enough to fit through in case of a house fire.
What about my storage area?
Everybody knows that for some reason basements tend to eventually wind up being junk rooms. Which means that all this junk 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. However, you can also find more creative ways to create storage areas in your house. From something as simple as installing closets or adding extra shelving under the basement stairs, to more complex cabinetry and storage ideas; it is an chance to get innovative and make optimal use of every square foot.
What about basement flooring options?
Because basements are below ground level the types of flooring choices 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. This may occur if you have a water problem, in addition to the hassle of a perpetually wet or damp carpet. If this is the case, you should look for basement waterproofing options to solve that problem. That said, dry basements do actually exists. If you happen to be lucky enough to have a dry basement then carpet is a perfectly practical choice. If you are sure you have a dry basement, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get carpet.
Fortunately, even with a basement floor that is sure to get wet, there are suitable flooring alternatives to choose from. You could go with a sub-floor specifically designed for use in basements. These are constructed to form a shield against any moisture that might permeate the concrete slab below. An all-in-one floor is another option – it integrates a plastic sub-floor tiles with a finished floor surface covering. Colored or stained concrete is still another option that ensures you never have to worry about mold, and you can use this in conjunction with in-floor radiant heat for a design that is both attractive and comfortable.
Silverton 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 worthwhile to work with professionals who understand all the unique challenges that come with basement finishing. Our expert team of remodeling contractors know all the ins and outs of basement remodeling as well the building code unique to Marion County, Oregon.
For all of your basement finishing needs in Silverton Call (503) 342-8234 today for a free estimate.