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Guide to Finishing a Basement

Shashank Nakate Jan 22, 2019
A basement in a house is usually a neglected part, which can be utilized for many purposes. Renovation or basement finishing helps it become ready for use and provides extra space in the house, without investing much. Here are few ideas and tips about renovating or finishing the basement.
A basement can be used as an extension to the house for commercial use or for entertainment purposes. Setting up a home theater, an office, a special room, a gym, a game room, or a guest room are some good ideas. The renovation has to be planned and executed accordingly. Shoddy work without finesse may look bad and will be a waste of money and resources.

Points to Ponder

One should plan beforehand about how to approach the activity of basement finishing or renovating.

The Cost

The cost of renovation depends on whether it is carried out without professional help, or a contractor is hired for the same. Doing it yourself would definitely cut down the cost to a great extent.

Planning in Advance

Planning the renovation activity in advance helps a lot. One should prepare a sketch of the changes to be made in the basement so that it is easy to keep track of.

One Room at a Time

Instead of renovating completely in one go, it is better to renovate room by room. It makes the job much easier to carry out.

Professional Help

Even if one considers undertaking the finishing work by himself, experts should be hired to complete technical jobs. Since the professionals who carry out these tasks have a proper work permit and insurance to cover damages, it is a feasible option to hire them.

Tips for Finishing a Basement

The activities to be carried out for this process should be in a certain sequence.
  • The first thing is to clear the basement of scrap and useless items. The unnecessary items can be discarded.
  • The walls and floor should be waterproofed. This step is very important, as the basement is an area which is likely to accumulate water. So, follow proper steps to install any drainage system, or otherwise.
  • After installing the sub-floor, lay out the walls. Adhere to the preceding steps before framing the walls and ceilings.
  • A rough sketch for the installation of wiring and plumbing should be drawn.
  • After proper plumbing and electrical inspections, a vapor barrier and an insulation should also be installed.
  • After these preparatory activities, the following tasks such as the installation of drywalls, baseboards, flooring, light fixtures, etc., should be carried out.
  • Finally, painting should be done according to what you are planning your basement to be used as. The paints that are pleasant and inviting should be selected.
The same goes for its design. A well-designed, finished or renovated basement is likely to fetch a higher price for a house as compared to the unfinished ones. A finished basement has to meet the state regulations in order to be certified as a finished square footage.
The key to increase the value is not to invest excessively in the renovation, but to make it appealing and presentable. A professional basement designer can help out with the decoration of the basement.
The basement can be a nice place to relax. Spending quality time with family, watching movies, playing games, or just enjoying leisure time in the basement would help to unwind and provide relief from the day's hectic schedule.