Basement Remodeling to make use of extra space

Many homes have basements, but not all basements are finished, leaving a large area of unused space that can become useable with basement remodeling. There are many things to consider when you decide to make improvements to your basement or to make substantial changes to what is already finished.

Use and Layout

One of the most important aspects of basement remodeling is to decide exactly what you want from the space. You probably have some specific ideas in mind already, so get a pad of paper and jot those ideas down. Some examples may include a playroom for the children, a family area for entertainment, storage, an extra bedroom for guests, another bathroom, a bar, or any combination of all of these features.

Once you have a list of what you want in your basement, start to sketch out where all of these different areas will exist in your finished basement. You may need to get in touch with some contractors to get an idea of the cost of installing specific items, such as extra wiring and plumbing. It could be that you may be able to save some costs if you can tie your plumbing into existing plumbing, but you won't know that for sure until someone has a look. Estimates are free, so don't be afraid to call several contractors.

Budget

Once you decide what you want to accomplish with basement remodeling, it is time to get an idea of the costs involved. If your basement has a fairly wide open space, you are going to need to consider the cost of framing in walls, adding flooring, wall coverings (drywall, etc.), paint, lighting, and appliances such as sink, toilet, shower and bar accessories which would include items like a small bar fridge. There will also be the expense of purchasing new furniture and electronics if you are setting up an entertainment area.

Ease of Access

You may have great ideas for basement remodelling, but if you cannot easily access the basement area, you may have to think about how to improve this.

One good example would be that if you have an extra bedroom downstairs, you may want your guests to have a separate and private entrance from the basement. Some older homes may have stairs that are outdated and steep, and you should include the cost of remodelling the staircase for better and safer access to your newly updated space.

Serious Mistakes to avoid

Basement remodeling can be an exciting idea, and many people are excited to get started right away. Be sure to carefully think about your project and take the time to plan it out before you spend any money.

Here are some things that you should be cautious about:

  • Never cut into any walls or beams without professional advice. Sometimes you might need to move certain structures, but you may not know if they are part of your home's support system. When in doubt, leave it alone.
  • Always investigate the moisture levels in your basement and check for leaks, etc. The last thing you want to do is invest a lot of time and money into basement remodeling only to discover that you have moisture problems and need to have those repaired first.
  • If you are uncertain about electrical wiring and plumbing, don't undertake these projects on your own. Hire a professional to do the job correctly, or you may end up spending a lot more money down the road to repair these issues.
  • Get several estimates and referrals for the best price and fit for the job.

Basement remodeling can be an exciting project, and once you have completed your project, you will be able to make use of a whole new area of your home