Basement renovation is a great home improvement project. Not only does it increase the value of your home, but it provides your family with more space for living and storage. As with any renovation, the most crucial stage is planning. This week, we’ve outlined some simple tips to help you get started.
Envision How You Want to Use the Space
The first thing you need to consider when you start planning is how you want to utilize the extra space. For example, you may be looking to create a home gym, game room, or guest bedroom. What kind of space you’re looking to create will affect the rest of the planning and cost of the renovation.
Draft a Detailed Floor Plan
Create a floor plan and use it to figure out how your finished basement will fit together. Once your plan is in place, check the foundation walls and floor for excess moisture. Any cracks will need to be repaired, and professional assistance may be required at this stage. Be sure to examine the structure for supporting posts, low ceilings, and floors below the sewer line. These can pose challenges, and you might want to consult a contractor for a thorough inspection.
Consider your electrical and plumbing needs.
Always make sure you hire a certified electrician for any electrical work and consult a building inspector on any required permits or considerations. Now’s a good time to decide what type of insulation you’ll be using, whether it be spray foam or sheets. Again, make sure to consult a professional to ensure you get the proper insulation for your needs.
Next, choose your drywall. Moisture-resistant drywall is an excellent option as basement areas are prone to moisture. You also need to decide what kind of flooring you’d like and repair any cracks in your subfloor before installing anything new. You might also want to consider waterproofing your concrete.
Calculate Costs & Budget Accordingly
Start by considering all the prices for installations and additions such as vents, windows, drywall, floors, and lights. Save your decorating and furniture expenses for last. The final step is deciding what you can do yourself and what requires the contractor’s expertise.
The Horton Group is always here to help with the trickier parts of any project, so don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions about building!