More and more people are choosing to utilize the added square footage in their basements for extra home space, guests, entertaining as well as working. When planned out well, it can be the best thing done for your home – both for your quality of life as well as the value of your home.
It just keeps giving back! Here at Unique Home Building, we love helping you create the home of your dreams and a basement remodel is a great place to start.
Step One: Get Clear on Your Vision. Do you know what you want to do with the space? Do you know the feel you want to have there? Will it be multi purpose? Start a mood board to get your visual inspiration in front of your eyes and more easily shared with the family and contractor you work with.
Step Two: Make sure your wants are legal. 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!
Step Three: Know your 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.
Step Four: Tall or small? 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 enough space to enjoy yourself and meet everyone’s needs.
Step Five: The light inside. 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.
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!