Many people have mixed feelings about basement renovations and for good reason. While they can be incredible for the home, adding a ton of space and value, they bring a lot of stress. Many homeowners have problems in their basement that they aren’t confident they can tackle, at least not in a reasonable time. But, completing and planning a basement renovation doesn’t have to be so stressful. It can have the same joy as a kitchen remodel if you plan it right. Here’s how.
1. Address Problems and Structural Issues
Start planning your basement renovation by addressing any problems it might have right away. Common problems in basements might include:
- Foundation problems: Cracks in the foundation can be a serious problem.
- Structural issues: Improper supports should be fixed, for your safety as well as the value of the home.
- Moisture problems: Basement moisture problems can be elusive. It’s important to have a professional help you, or this one may come back to haunt you.
By accounting for these issues first, you find out exactly how much of your budget they will take up, and you ensure that you’re working with professionals who can handle them. Properly fixing these issues will ensure you have a successful renovation.
2. Plan Layout
Now that you have the problems with the basement accounted for, you can start planning the layout. Due to the lack of light in basements, many people opt for very open layouts. In this case, the only thing to really plan may be the electrical and plumbing layouts.
Ask your renovation team where your plumbing hook-ups are, so you can plan out a bathroom, laundry room, kitchen, or other feature you’re considering that may need water. You will also want them to check that your electrical can support your proposed layout.
Electrical layouts and plumbing connections can be changed and added, it will just take more time and money.
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3. Plans Walls, Flooring and Ceiling
Now comes some more fun. Planning out the walls, flooring and ceiling in your basement is really the first step to making it feel like a finished space. There are some things you should keep in mind as you move forward:
- Flooring: Basements tend to be both cold and damp. That makes them ill-suited for hardwood flooring, which can’t handle moisture. Laminate can be a great option, but it can be too cold. Carpet is actually a great choice for basements, even though it is out of vogue elsewhere in modern homes.
- Walls: If you have old wooden paneling, it can be easier to paint over them then to install drywall.
- Ceiling: Covering up the ceiling in basements is a challenge. Your renovation team should have ideas that will suit your basement.