Apr 052009

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Remodeling Your Basement

Make your basement a living space
Often, a basement can be viewed as “found” living space in your house. If an unfinished basement or cellar can be finished to become usable space, you have for all intents and purposes increased the square footage of your house without moving. A finished basement provides you with added comfort and convenience and will enhance the re-sale value of your house.

Remodeling a basement makes always sense
Even if your basement is already finished, remodeling again may still be in order. A previously underutilized basement spare bedroom may turn into that home gym you need, or a infrequently used home entertainment may turn into the recreation room for the kids room you’ve always wanted. Chances are that if your basement has already been remodeled either by the previous owner, or by you a long time ago, a good portion of the work and expense can be eliminated from the new project.

Is your basement dry?
It pays to be sure your basement will remain dry before you commence your basement upgrade. Begin your project by thoroughly reviewing the foundation walls, paying close attention to the corners and the area where the walls meet the floor. Engage a specialist to fill any cracks in the basement walls you happen to observe, and it would be an excellent investment to have the walls waterproofed prior to starting your project.

Cover the walls
It is not important what type of area you are remodeling, you must cover the foundation walls. To cover the basement walls, it is best to employ a dry wall contractor who will stud out the walls and install the drywall. Finished and painted dry wall will quickly provide your raw basement space a warmer and more lived in look.

Build a handsome floor for your basement
You can mull over having your contractor put in an insulated floor covering the concrete slab; assuring that you can keep the remodeling basement cozier and dryer. The cement basement slab can be covered with linoleum or ceramic tiles, or it may be carpeted. A well-installed and attractive floor gives a finished basement the look of being an integral part of the home, not only an add-on.

Using the correct lighting
Using the correct lighting is very important to a successful basement remodeling project. Basements are by their very nature dim, because they have little or no natural lighting. The end result of good basement lighting is to allow the homeowner to forget that he is in a room lacking windows, or at best, equipped with small windows.
If the basement is partially below ground, try to install as many windows as practical to maximize natural light. If the basement is completely below ground level, the homeowner should use as much lighting as possible to circumvent having the typically low-ceilinged basement look like a cave. Indirect lighting is the most natural way to light a basement, since it gives the room a more spacious feel, and provides the impression of higher ceilings.

Let your imagination roam free.
Since your basement is in effect a gift of, let your imagination roam free. If your bank account can stand it, you can switch some chilly, damp storage area into a wine cellar, a home entertainment room, a cozy den, a home office – and increase the value of your home by doing it.

Frank Sarntarpia
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