Once you decide you would like to remodel your basement, what’s next?
The Plan :
The first step in remodeling a basement is to sit down with your contractor to come up with the best use for your basement. Your contractor will then draw up plans based on your space and what use you decide on.
The next step to remodeling a basement is to obtain the permits needed to refinish the basement and turn it into a safe and functional living area. Different states require different safety measures to be installed or require special permits depending on how space is going to be used. Your contractor will obtain the necessary permits for the remodel, making sure that all of the local codes and requirements are fulfilled so that the remodel goes without a hitch and plans won’t need to be changed or halted midway through. Once the right permits have been obtained, the remodeling can begin.
Making sure the basement is waterproofed is an important first step in any basement remodel. A damp basement can produce mold and mildew that is not only hazardous to your health but can also damage belongings. Waterproofing a basement typically entails sealing any cracks in the concrete walls, spraying a waterproofing seal on the walls, and installing a sump pump or French drain to help prevent your basement from flooding during rainstorms.
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Once the basement has been waterproofed, the walls are ready to be framed depending on how you want to use the space and the design you have in mind. When framing the walls, it’s important that they are built around existing plumbing and electrical conduits, and access panels are available for any valves or junctions that might need to reach later.
After framing the walls, it’s time to fireproof the area. Fireproofing involves installing fire blocking and fireproof insulation.
Installing insulation will help keep the new space comfortable in the winter and summer. In addition, if space will be used as a home theater, soundproofing insulation should be installed.
Electrical and plumbing :
Installing rough plumbing and electrical is the next step. What kind of plumbing or electrical will need to be installed will depend on what the basement will be used for and what kind of appliance will be installed.
Once the rough electrical and plumbing have been put in, it is time to sheetrock and prepares the walls. Once again, it is important to leave access panels for any electrical or plumbing junctions or valves that might need to be accessed later. After the sheetrock has been put up, it will need to be spackled and prepared before it can be painted. It’s during this step that trims are installed.
Installing the ceiling is the next step, and in many cases, there are a few options available as to what kind of ceiling to put in. Drop ceilings and drywall ceilings are the most common, and each has their advantages over the other and should be chosen depending on the space and how the basement will be used.
Painting and finishing :
Once the ceiling has been installed, the area is ready to be painted and finished. Any kind or color paint can be used, but light colored walls are always recommended to make space look lighter and more open.
The final step in remodeling a basement is to put in and finish the floor. Depending on what space will be used for, wood flooring or carpet can installed, or the concrete floors can be left and painted and finished.
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A remodeled basement adds value and functionality to any home and can provide a new and enjoyable space for years to come. With a good contractor and some imagination, this underused space can become a charming new room that can serve a number of purposes.
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