When you are investing in a basement remodeling project, you will want to make sure that results not only please you as an individual but also add value to your home and save you money on water and energy. These 6 steps will help you in taking advantage of the latest designs trends, technological developments and products in basement remodeling.
Step 1: make the decision on how you wish to use it.
You first have to think about the family’s needs. If you are like other people, you will have no trouble at all getting ideas for filling this space: a laundry room, family room, game room, bathroom, guest bedroom or as a rental unit with a kitchen. When making the decision on its design and use, think about long-term so that you easily transform its rooms to something else.
Step 2: Draft detailed floor plans.
Develop detailed plans of what you wish the finished basement to look like, down to the furniture placement, so that you have an idea of how it all will fit together. Spend some time thinking about the available possibilities. It is much easier making changes on paper rather than when walls are up.
Step 3: Develop your budget.
This is the time of figuring out the exact cost of the plan. As a rule, it will be best that you rough in all the connections for installations and then deal with stuff such as addition of air vents and replacement or enlargement of windows before you go about dry walling, installation of floors and addition of lights. Save furnishing and decorating expenses till the very end.
Step 4: Check for any moisture problems.
Check for any sign of excess moisture in the basement. Look closely at its floor and foundation walls and repair all cracks which might be contributing to that problem.
Step 5: Examine its structure.
Low ceilings, supporting posts and floors which are below the municipal sewer lines could pose challenges to the basement renovation project. You might wish to consult contractors who can offer thorough inspection and make recommendations.
Step 6: Consider the electrical needs.
Once the plans are in place, consider your electrical needs. When you require more complex projects to be completed, you could hire contractors. If you are making plans to install home-theater systems that might require special outlets or wiring, ensure the electrical work is completed at the right stage in the remodeling project.