Home renovations are always expensive, but doing the basement can be especially daunting because if your basement is unfinished, you are looking at having to put in everything; from floors to ceilings and more. Luckily, having the right basement designs can help ease your basement remodel job without having to spend a fortune and without having to hire contractors. Many home renovation materials are made for the amateur to install himself, so with a little explanation and guidance, you can easily do the entire job yourself, which on its own, can save you thousands of dollars. The key is preparation and planning, and then a whole new basement can be yours.
How to Start the Project
Knowing what you want in the basement and what your budget is the key to knowing what jobs you need to do. Once you’ve come up with a few basement designs, you can then shop around for the best supplies to fit the budget.
- Assess your family’s needs for the basement. Play and living areas should be brighter and more open than sports or movie rooms.
- Decide if any walls need to come down or be put up to divide the room into two. Having your basement designs beforehand can avoid serious space management problems in the future.
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- Start with the walls. Drywall is the best solution, so decide if you will place it vertically or horizontally. Get some help and tips to make the job go faster and cleaner.
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- Move on to the ceiling. A suspended ceiling is the best option for a budget, and it also hides any wiring, pipes or duct work without making them inaccessible in the future. Install the metal framework and simply place in the lightweight tiles.
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- Flooring can be put in last. You must determine if your basement is dry or wet, because if the latter, you will need to install waterproofing first to avoid rotting of your floor or carpet. Floating floors are then easy to install over the concrete but consider a subfloor first, which is an additional layer between the concrete and floor to make it warmer. Carpeting is also easy and warm for a living area, but an area rug over a floating floor might be more appealing and warmer.
- Choose paint colors for the walls. Bright colors will open up a dark space, but if you want a more masculine environment or a specific theme, be creative with the colors.
- Lighting is also a key component since most basements don’t get a lot of natural light from windows. Spotlights are great, but mood lighting can be achieved cheaper by simply putting in table and floor lamps.
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- Decorate as you would in the rest of your home. Details are important, even pictures on the walls, candles, and blankets. Don’t over clutter space since a basement can feel cramped easily, but do put in some personalized accent pieces to make the area feel more liveable.
With a bit of forethought as to the function of the room and a bit of care in the decorative details you place in it, your basement designs can make a huge impact without a huge budget. For more information please check Contractor Tips – Basement Design Ideas.