If your family is needing more space but you don’t want to move, then finishing your basement might be the best option for you. Basements offer a great separate space for guests, home offices, entertainment rooms, fitness and play spaces. So as Thanksgiving approaches, you can be thankful that you don’t have to move to meet your home needs. 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 the benefits and some helpful tips you need to know about basement remodeling:
One benefit to basement finishing and remodeling, is that when it’s done tastefully and planned well, they highly increase the value of your home, allowing you a serious return on investment.
Consider the height. If you want to use it as an exercise room, make sure you’ll have enough headroom. Lift your arms overhead. Will you be standing on a treadmill? Height can be one of the biggest challenges in basement remodels.
Lights. They can really put the right finishing touch to the remodeled basement or throw the whole thing off. 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.
Be disaster prepared. Flooding is always a risk in basements regardless of your location, 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, and install a floor drain. Talk to a plumber about special piping and care.
Make sure you’re following all the legal guidelines and get clearance with your insurance agent before starting the project. 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, get going!
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!