Best Ways to Make Your Basement Renovation a Success

Best Ways to Make Your Basement Renovation a Success


Best Ways to Make Your Basement Renovation a Success

Basement renovations are a popular project that raises the value of your house while also adding square footage of usable space. Whether you have an unfinished basement or want to modify an existing area, it's critical to plan ahead of time to guarantee the room becomes good what you want and need it to be. Basement renovations are no exception, and good planning is the key to a successful restoration. Check out our top ten basement success tips.


First, Decide What You Want

Before meeting with contractors, there are numerous factors to consider to obtain a quote. Among the most significant pieces of advice, we can give you exactly what you want before requesting estimates. Finishing your basement is a substantial endeavor, and the price difference between just framing and drywalling the external walls and creating rooms with a three or 4-piece bathroom can be significant.


It would also ensure that each contractor quotes you the same price for the same service. We were asked by a client to quote a quotation for rebuilding her basement in order to establish a basement apartment. We arrived just as the limitations on the first wave of Covid had come. We spent a significant amount of time on-site discussing the designs with the client and taking detailed measurements. We built a layout and put together a quote based on those conversations.


Planning is essential, and the first step is to think about what you want to do with the area. Check out our checklist to ensure you're designing the perfect basement space for your family.


1. Take a seat in the middle of your basement and decide what you want to do with it. Do you have that idea in your mind? Consider what you might do with the area in 5 years, ten years, and 15 years. It is pretty significant. What is now a playroom may become a movie room in five years and a guest bedroom or your teenage son's bedroom in ten years. Make sure that what you're designing today may be easily altered as your demands evolve.


2. Before you even consider finishing the basement, check for moisture. You don't want to spend your basement putting up drywall and floor installation to discover that there are hairline fractures in the foundation wall and water pouring through. Walkthrough your basement thoroughly and look for cracks in the foundation using a flashlight. Do the same on the outside of your house. Hairline cracks can start on the outside and work their way inside. Specifically, hire a professional to utilize a moisture meter and do a complete test.


3. If you have an older home, hire an architectural technologist to perform a walkthrough to check your footings and structural supports are in good shape. We always insist on this when finishing basements over 50 or 60 years old. It is typically less than $300, and the peace of mind is well worth the cost. If problems are detected, they can resolve as part of your refurbishment process.


4. Make room in your basement for a modest unfinished area. We all have "things" that we don't need to put on a show but don't want to get rid of. And we'll need somewhere to keep all of this stuff. Make sure to leave a small piece of your basement unfinished for storage.


5. Consider your illumination. It is critical to have an adequate explanation in a basement. We recommend LED pot lights, especially if your ceiling is low. You can add more ornamental lights if your roof is higher (minimum 8' with drywall), such as hanging lamps or ceiling flush mount lights. Consider some unique architectural lighting (illumination for building design and function), such as lighting beneath your stairwell railing or between the risers and treads on your steps.


6. Do you require or desire a kitchenette in your basement? It does not have to be elaborate. You can choose between a handful of base and Kitchen countertop and upper cabinets. Install the necessary counter receptacles and a dedicated receptacle for a small fridge, and you're ready to go. Keep some dishware and cutlery on hand and a coffee machine and microwave, and you might never have to leave your house. If you want a tiny sink, now is the time to install it before the walls go up. If you aren't sure if you want a kitchenette in your basement, consider roughing in the sink. If you decide later that you want a wet bar, the plumbing will already be there, so you won't have to dig into the concrete once the room builds.


7. You may not believe you require it, but if your budget allows, get the ceiling soundproofed. It will be helpful if some family members are using the basement while others remain upstairs. It may not be essential with your plans, but what about when your adolescents decide to invite friends over in 5 or 6 years, or when your parents want a little more assistance than they do now and you choose to have them move into your nicely finished basement? You'll want that sound barrier in place so that everyone can do their thing without bothering the rest of the family.


8. Will you need to install a new electrical panel or a subpanel to accommodate the additional breakers? Examine your electrical panel. Is there any unoccupied space where there are no breakers? Do you have broader breakers, and does your electrical panel manufacturer make slimline breakers? If you are unsure about the answers to these questions, consult with a Licensed remodeling contractors. It is vital to understand because if you require a new panel or a sub-panel, the cost of the job will increase.


9. Think over your flooring alternatives carefully. Our consumers usually recommend luxury vinyl plank flooring. It is entirely waterproof, incredibly durable, and available in various colors and styles. It's also malleable, allowing it to conform to the contours of the concrete basement floor. A carpet is also an option for basement living rooms and bedrooms. It's fluffy and cozy, which makes the place feel a little "warmer." Ensure that you do not set the carpet near the hot water tank or the laundry area. You don't want the rug to harm if leaks originate from certain spots.


10. If your budget allows, consider adding a bedroom and bathroom renovation to your basement. And don't skimp on this! Put in a few beautiful comforts in this room. It may be a lovely place for overnight guests, and it might also be a fantastic getaway for you! Consider taking a soothing bath in your deep soaker tub and a nap in your basement bedroom when you need to get away from it for a few hours. One of our clients opted to turn her basement into her ideal bedroom and bathroom. She has a large family that visits and stays for several weeks. They adore the area so much that they are perfectly content to go to the basement and give her the rest she requires. When life becomes too hectic for our customer, she flees to the basement for a "spa day" vacation.


Bonus Tip: Here are some suggestions for making the most of your basement space:

·         Home Gym—consider full-length mirrors, a wall-mounted TV, ventilation, and adequate outlets for the equipment.

·         A home office is essential! With so many people working from home these days, this is an excellent opportunity to set up a distinct office space. Consider a front door with a glass or frosted panel. It may lend a touch of sophistication to the area while also letting in more light.

·         Wine Cellar has dim illumination, controlled humidity, and adequate aeration.

·         Workshop make sure you have enough receptacles and allocate them where necessary.

·         Craft Room with the addition of a couch bed or a murphy bed, you may use this room for multiple purposes. It can even use as a home office.

·         Laundry Room makes it a fashionable and enjoyable location to wash laundry.

·         Game Room consider a pool table with beautiful hanging light, similar to those found in bars. What about a dartboard or a ping pong table?


We hope you found some inspiration from the tips provided in this blog. Basement renovations are no exception. Planning is essential for a successful renovation, and this is very necessary when requesting quotes. You need to know and comprehend what you intend to do with the area. The more information you can give the contractor, the more accurate your quote will be, and there will be fewer surprises once the project begins. You can also contact us free for estimation of your projects 



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