|Brilliantly remodeled basement turned into a cozy bonus family room!|
Basements used to be known for being the darkest places of the house, often moist and meant for storage and pests. Now they are the golden treasures that give us more space to play, entertain and enjoy our homes.
When you think about it, if you’re just using your basement for storage, you are wasting some serious square footage. So don’t be intimidated. Get ready to dive into what could be the best home choice you’ve ever made.
At Unique Home Building, we love helping to turn your house to be the home you’ve always wanted. So let’s start with the basement shall we?
Here are a few important things you need to know about basement remodels:
Make sure your ideas are legal. Contact your insurance agent before jumping in with both feet. 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!
Know your pipes. Pipes are a focus point. First of all, you don’t want to burst one. Second, you want them to be prepared for weather changes and avoid flooding. 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. Lastly, know where your pipes are so you can design your basement with a bathroom in a spot that makes sense esthetically as well as structurally.
Make it bright. 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 ……
Fun times. Think about what you’ll want to use this room for. It’s smart to have a game cabinet, exercise storage, a flat screen and comfortable couches. Maybe even a desk or a bed, depending on if you plan to work down there or host guests! Other options that are fun can be a craft table, fusball, or a game table!
Lastly – definitely wire it with a good sound system. Then, no matter what you’re doing, watching a movie, throwing a party, or just relaxing, you’ll be able to listen the the perfect music for the occasion!
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!