Is your basement sitting empty? The possibilities are endless for an unfinished basement, so let’s get discovering why a basement shouldn’t just lie dormant.
Consider transforming your dark, empty basement into a master bedroom, home office, playroom for the kids, a game room, or a space for meditation and relaxation. By simply remodeling this unused space, your home will gain valuable square footage. However, there are a number of things to consider before transforming your basement into a valuable living space, including your home’s current heating system, air cooling system, walls, and decor.
When you decide to move forward with your new transformation, it is a good idea to sketch a basic layout for the design you want in your basement. Always have a clear understanding of what you want and how you intend to use the space.
Always measure the empty space and sketch a design where you can scale the unused space on graph paper or a drafting program on your computer.
Cooling and Heating Systems
Always modify the current air conditioning and heating system in your home to include the basement. Speak with a professional to see if your existing cooling and heating system can handle the extra load of your basement. If not, it may be time for an upgrade, or consider adding an additional unit to handle the extra load. It is also best to extend the ductwork to adequately cool and heat your basement.
The next step is to install wiring to power the new living space. Take into consideration what the space will be used for and plan for the proper lighting as well as outlets for easy access around the room.
Install wood or metal studs around the perimeter of the new living space if they are not currently in place. Place insulation in between the studs to properly insulate the basement to help keep your cooling and heating costs down.
Frame out the interior basement walls if you have decided to add them into the new space. Some homeowners choose to use drywall and paint on their walls, however, this tactic isn’t always recommended because of its susceptibility to develop mold damage. Consider discussing wall panel choices with an expert so you can understand your options to help choose the best item for your budget.
Now it is time to install the flooring; tile, carpet or hardwood flooring. If you are unsure of exactly what style of flooring you are looking for, consider what the space will be used for and if it is remotely possible that your new flooring could get wet. If there is a chance your space could get wet the best choice for flooring you can use is tile. Carpet and wood flooring options are organic and susceptible to mold growth and severe water damage.
Now that your new living space is finished, it is time to decorate the space. Always select furniture that best suits your family’s needs. Select items that create a warm, comfy and cozy feel to your new living space to best suit your style and needs. Add plants, family photographs, throw pillows, and artwork.