Many homeowners today are looking for great ideas to make their homes more comfortable. While the basement has been previously ignored, the need for extra space has now forced homeowners to embrace basement finishing as a top home improvement idea. Remodeling a basement not only helps to maximize available space in your house, but also increases the value of your home.
A finished basement is also healthier according to research. A report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that most indoor air pollutants originate from the basement. This is worrying because a large percentage of air you breathe indoors comes from the basement.
Failure to finish your basement and improve air quality poses great health risks to the entire family. Worse still, an unfinished basement is prone to water leakage thus promoting toxic mold growth. All these issues highlight the need to remodel your basement to make it healthier and more functional.
If you are wondering how you can revolutionize your basement, below are some ideas to start you off:
- Understand the Code
It is important to hire a basement contractor because these experts understand the local building code. For instance, if you want to use the basement as a living space, the International Residential Code (IRC) 2003 indicates you must add an egress window. It is also important to know if any building permits are required for the project.
The location of the basement below ground makes it susceptible to water leakage. The problem might not be obvious at first but with time standing water, peeling paint, damp carpets, wall cracks and efflorescence on the walls will reveal this. Waterproofing techniques include interior drain systems, sump pump installation and external water roofing among other. A waterproofed basement is far easier to finish.
- Add a Drop Ceiling
A suspended or drop ceiling perfectly conceals any wiring and also provides easy access to plumbing and electrical lines. A drop ceiling is beautiful and you can add recess light to give your basement more aesthetic appeal.
- Be Creative and Bold
If you really want to enjoy the basement finishing project, make sure you work closely with the contractor to bring to life the ideas you have in mind. Whether you want to build a home pub, a games room, study or you have any other idea in mind, let your creative juices flow and add a touch of color and playfulness to this otherwise dull space.
Still wondering how you can make use of your neglected basement? How about talking to a contractor for some inspiration on basement finishing?