As a homeowner, you may see your empty basement as the perfect space for your next major remodeling project. Your dream basement will serve not only to add more living space, but also comfort and convenience for you and your growing family. It can be almost anything you want it to be since however you’re planning to remodel your basement is only limited by your budget and the expertise of a trusted home improvement contractor.
When you finish your basement, it also adds value to your home, which can be a big plus if you decide to sell it in a few years. Even if you won’t sell anytime soon, you can still turn your basement into an additional living space for your guests. Or, you can use it to increase storage space or even turn it into an entertainment and recreational room.
To help you get started, here’s what you need to do:
Waterproof the Basement
Even during the spring season, you still need to be concerned about possible moisture and water infiltration. If you take more precautions in preventing moisture and water leaks will save you from facing costly and unwanted complications later on.
Make sure to check for mold, musty odors, peeling paint, discoloration on the walls/ceilings and rust. Your hired home remodeler may also use a basement finishing product to prevent mold or moisture damage. We also suggest installing a dehumidifier if necessary to prevent mold and moisture buildup. Doing this will save you time and money during the renovation process.
Prioritize Utility Over Style
Residential basements are often used for laundry, storage, a home office or even all of them at once. When we plan out the designs for your basement finishing, we make sure to retain its functionality as much as possible.
Of course, it’s your call on whether you want to completely change your basement space, but there are still a few things you need to keep in mind. If you want an area with extra privacy, make sure to wall off that area in your basement. If you want to cut down on costs, try to keep your plumbing in place as much as possible. Finally, make sure to leave the area around your water heater unfinished in case you get any leaks.
Create a Detailed Design of Your Basement Remodel
Work with your hired remodeler to measure out the basement and mark any permanent items, such as the water heater, furnace and pipes. Consider your needs and preferences for your basement space and the best way to divide it up for different uses. Doing this will be easier to brainstorm everything that you may need in your basement remodel.
To help you get a clear idea of what you want for your new basement, our basement finishing team has shared some sample questions for you to answer:
- What type of flooring and wallpaper material will accommodate each activity?
- Do you need additional lighting?
- What type of furniture will you need?
- Will you put up or take down walls? Or will it be better to divide the basement by how furniture is arranged?
- Do you need running water?
Learn the Local Building Codes and Permits
Check with the building department in your local area to find out all the code and permitting requirements for your project. A trusted professional remodeler can also help you when applying for building permits. This will help you avoid having to redo the remodeling project down the road. Having the correct permits will also avoid complications if you decide to sell your home. A trusted professional remodeler can also help you when applying for building permits.
What You Shouldn’t Do in Your Basement Remodel
Once you consider these items, you won’t have much else to worry about during the actual construction. However, there are still a few things you shouldn’t do when planning out your basement remodel. These include:
Underestimating the whole project: Finishing a basement can be more complex compared to other types of home remodeling projects. You’ll often start from scratch, which means there’s more planning and work to be done to ensure a successful finish. While this may give you more freedom to customize your basement however you want, it’s important to work with your trusted basement remodeling contractor during each step of the process. But if you’re considering a DIY basement remodel, you won’t guarantee that it will be completed successfully, which means you can expect some problems to surface later on in the process
Not hiring the right contractor: Before you sign any contracts, make sure the team you’re about to hire has the skills to make your dream basement a reality. It’s better to work with a company that’s already familiar with the local permitting and zoning regulations in your local area. You’ll also need to hire specialists to handle the necessary electrical and plumbing work included in your basement remodel.
Being too frugal with the details of your remodel: Even if you’re on a budget, approach the designing and decorating of your finished basement as you would normally do when remodeling the rest of your home. It makes a big difference to consider even the smaller details, such as artwork, light fixtures and crown molding. Doing this will also give your basement a more finished look.
Changing the plans at the last minute: Doing this after the construction has started will only cost you more money and create delays. To avoid this, work with your hired remodeler during the design phase to come up with comprehensive plans and selections for your basement. You also need to have fun during your basement remodel and not stress out, so don’t be afraid to ask questions until you‘re comfortable with your decisions.
You can trust our team at Perkins All-Star Exteriors and Construction to provide top-notch basement remodeling and siding service. Contact us today at (847) 261-8892 if you’re from Antioch or (262) 228-6822 if you’re from Bristol. You can also reach us through our convenient online request form.