One of the most rewarding home renovation projects you can undertake is completing an unfinished basement. Not only does it provide you with more space for you and your family to live and enjoy; but it also opens up storage options, and even helps increase the overall value of your home. Much like any basement reno, the most important aspect is the planning stage. One of the best ways to get started is to think about your family’s current needs, long-term goals, and what the additional space can provide. The following guide will walk you through the steps to finishing a basement.
Create Basement Floor Plan
Create a detailed and accurate floor plan and a visual layout of your new basement. This will include exactly where you want electrical outlets and fixtures in addition to plumbing fixtures and furniture. During this stage, it’s important to add precise measurements to truly create the renovation on paper. This is also a good time to take your plan to a building inspector to learn what permits or building codes need to be met.
Check for Moisture in Basement
Before you start any work, inspect your basement for any signs of moisture. Examine the foundation walls and the floor, and fill any cracks that might be adding to the problem. It’s best to address all issues before starting work than trying to cover one up. A small issue can become a very big issue as time goes on. It will also end up costing you a lot more time and money. It’s also recommended to install a sump pump or backwater valve in order to prevent flooding.
Consider Electrical and Plumbing Requirements
You will want to hire licensed, certified, and insured electricians and plumbers to handle all electrical and plumbing requirements for your renovation. These professionals will ensure that the job is done correctly, with all safety requirements met, and will advise if any permits are required.
Find Basement Insulation
When it comes to basement insulation, the most popular choices include a spray foam application or using sheets of extruded polystyrene.
Frame Walls and Choose Drywall
The next step is framing the walls – you want to ensure all foundations are adequately sealed. You should consider selecting moisture-resistant drywall as basements are more susceptible to developing moisture problems than other areas of the home that are above ground.
Choose Basement Floor
Repair all cracks in your subflooring before you choose to install new flooring. Waterproofing the concrete is another important consideration. Vinyl and laminate flooring are also popular basement floor materials due to their strength and durability.
Once your plan is in place and you have an idea of what you want your basement to look like, you can begin forming the budget. Start with any connections, installations, or additions needed for vents, electrical, windows, and plumbing. Leave the decor and furniture costs for last.
Create your plan, get your basement ready by sealing cracks and eradicating moisture issues, hire the professionals, collect the permits, form your budget, and build! Now you know all the steps involved in finishing a basement. So when you’re ready to transform your basement, call our team of experts at TMD Home Construction to begin your basement renovation today!