Basements no longer have to be considered the dark place in the house full of storage and spiders. You can actually create an inviting and beautiful space down there, with the bonus of adding even more usable square footage to your home. (that ups the resale value too!)
When done tastefully and planned well, remodeling a basement can be a fun and exciting adventure that keeps giving back!
At Unique Home Building, we love helping your house to be the home you dream of, and it's important to consider the details in the process.
Here are a few important things you need to know about basement remodels:
Be Legal. Be sure to check with your insurance agent before jumping in with both feed. Some finished basements may not be insured and sometimes bedrooms are added but won't count in the total of bedrooms when you sell the house. Know the facts before committing. But once you know the facts and are ready, the adventure can begin!
Water. Being prepared for flooding is so important regardless of your location, because it always CAN happen; so plan ahead. If you don't have a system in place to deal with the water, choose a flooring material that can handle getting wet, such as the tile shown in this basement. If you don't have a floor drain, get one installed. It's best to get a drain that ties into the storm drain directly or that drains into a pit with a sump pump in it. If you pay for these systems up front, you won't be paying to replace furniture, rugs and appliances later. In addition to waterproofing, you'll want to plan ahead with proper plumbing. Make sure to have a plumbing expert advise you to the best direction for new plumbing.
Natural light. Natural light is often in short supply in a basement. In this picture, the kitchen was placed by the lone window to maximize sunlight in the prep area. Also, many building codes require a second way to exit the basement if the space is going to be finished. Get more light and satisfy code requirements by installing an egress window and window well. An egress window is big enough for a person to exit through it, and the well allows more light into your basement. To avoid water problems, have a drain installed at the bottom of the well.
Height. Think about how you plan to use your finished basement. If you want to exercise down there, you may need more headroom. Lift your arms overhead. I need an 8-foot ceiling to do that. Will you be standing on a treadmill? Height can be one of the biggest challenges in basement remodels. Do your best with what you've got - and make sure you've got great ......
Lighting. The most critical component to making a basement a place people want to hang out is good lighting. Because the ceilings in a basement are usually lower than elsewhere in the house (like we said above) light reflected up off the ceiling — like the ambient lighting in this tray ceiling or the sconces on the wall — is better than light directed down.
Those are the basics you need to know about basement remodels. Obviously, there's always more to learn and prepare for, but you're not alone. The contractors at Unique Home Building are here and ready to answer your questions and join you every step of the way. Call us and schedule an interview today!