When you start a project to convert your basement into a more useful finished space, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed with all of the work that has to be done. From bare walls and unfinished ceilings to concrete floors and limited or no ventilation, it can be tough to look at a basement and see the untapped potential that is right at your fingertips. Expanding the size of your home with a traditional addition can be very expensive. Fortunately, you can upgrade your basement space for a fraction of the cost of building more rooms in your home. See how you can get an addition without adding on to your home!
Ceiling Heights and Types
Many remodeling projects switch from suspended ceilings to a tray ceiling for a higher-quality look that will stand the test of time. If you do go with a drop ceiling, be sure you find something that isn't going to look too commercial.
Basement stairs have a reputation for being dark and dangerous, so be sure to add a banister or handrail for safety. Good lighting is also a must, with lights at both the top and bottom of the stairs.
Check Window Egress
There are some additional requirements for basement windows, such as being sure that you have the proper egress — a way to exit the building in the event of an emergency.
Wall Construction and Walls
Walls are all-important when you remodel this living space, with drywall offering a refined and lighter alternative than wood paneling. Few basement walls are well-insulated since this space generally isn't heated or cooled. Add multiple layers of insulation to keep walls dry and your temperature regulated. Since the concrete and blocks that make up the walls are always in contact with dirt that may be cooler than the ambient air temperature, basement walls are often a harboring ground for mildew and rot.
Placing Utilities and Ventilation
Unfortunately, basements are rarely built with an upgrade in mind, so plumbing can become a bit of a challenge. Your contractor may have their work cut out for them to hide bulky ventilation such as heating ducts or plumbing and wires in the ceiling or walls. Ventilation also has special challenges, as air needs to circulate thoroughly in order to keep the musty odors and dampness out of the air.
Floors and Flooring Types
While nearly any type of flooring will work in a basement setting, the one exception is hardwood. Since wood can easily be damaged or warped by contact with changing temperatures and high levels of water in the atmosphere, flooring options such as tile or laminate are a better and more cost-effective option.
There's no reason for basements to be dark and dingy! Bringing plenty of light into the space can help lessen the crowded effect of lower ceilings or tight spaces. Look for ways to bring in any natural light possible, and banish shadows with track lighting or recessed lighting.
Don't let your new space wait any longer — contact Owens Construction today at 614-846-1149! Our professional consultants are standing by and can provide you with a free estimate.