A home with a basement harbors a gem. This room can be finished to create additional living space. Expanding the home this way is usually less expensive and inconvenient for home dwellers. Several considerations should take place when thinking about finishing the basement. Accounting for these will make the project progress smoothly.
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Step 1: Determine the reason for finishing the basement. Decide what the room will be used for, like a game room, home theater room, office, gym, or bedroom. The size of the area and the way it has been constructed may affect options regarding use. For example, a low-ceilinged basement might not be tall enough to accommodate workout equipment.
Step 2: Figure out how you will pay for the project because this will affect the extent of the remodel. It should be easier to get financing for the job because the project is cheaper than constructing an addition. A substantial renovation may require a home equity line of credit or loan, personal loan, or use of credit cards. A professional will most likely be needed for the plumbing and electrical portion of the job but if you do some of the other work yourself, you can lower expenses.
Step 3: Create a design of how the new room will look, using an architect or a computer-aided design (CAD) software program. A basic job requires simply sketching the new design on paper. Be sure to take the water heater and furnace system into account if these are located in the room. When they are situated in a corner or along a wall, they can be confined by a closet. If these units will soon need replacement, think about including that in the remodel and placing them in a less intrusive area than the middle of the room. In addition, consider needs required by a certain design, like adding a bathroom if the area will serve as a bedroom.
Step 4: Prior to major construction, patch the cracks in the floor and walls. Small cracks can be addressed by digging into the surface surrounding the crack and filling it with patching compound. A large crack may indicate foundation damage so have a professional inspect it.
Step 5: Walls can be formed using sill plates installed on the floor around the perimeter and then constructing wall frames and nailing these to the ceiling joists and sill plates. Once the walls are insulated, the ceiling joists and studs should be covered with drywall. These walls should then be covered with primer, followed by two coats of paint.
Step 6: A subfloor should be created by installing cement backer boards on the floor. The floor surface can then be installed. Carpeting, wood, laminate, and tile are several options. In a damp area, tile may be the best choice.