The basement is the part of the building closest to the ground level. It is generally believed to be used for the storage of unwanted and old items, childhood memorabilia, and occasionally used materials.
For those who choose to put their basement to better use, there are lots of ideas to explore. You can turn your basement into a play area for your kids, a game room, home cinema, a guest room, or even a wet bar.
To get started with the process of redesigning your basement, here is a guide to follow.
PLAN THE LAYOUT
The first step towards redesigning your basement is to have a layout design. The layout should contain information on how you want to use the space, what paint to use, the flooring, and the ceiling design.
When planning a redesign, it is always good to put home buyers into consideration. A design with an open space always interests buyers. The belief is that with this space, future home users can do what they wish. A basement with an open space increases the value of the home.
Creating a budget before proceeding with the design is very important. A budget solves the problem of what material to use, price and gives shape to the stages involved in the design process.
Before setting a budget, you need to know the average cost of the design. Generally, basement redesign cost between $18,000 to $25,000. The price varies based on several factors like; the type of design, if it is a “DIY” work or a professional will be involved, how fancy the design will look, local codes requirement, and most importantly funds at your disposal.
Before work can commence, you need to remove all materials currently occupying the basement. This may include items from previous occupants. Apart from making it easy to access the basement, it also helps professional renovation companies like Reborn Renovations in Calgary give good and accurate estimates when invited over.
Generally, basements have a higher moisture content compared to most areas of a home. This is due to cracks or crevices, closeness to the foundation, excessive absorption of water by walls, presence of a pool, etc. As such it is always important to test for moisture before and find ways to get rid of excessive moisture. This is because a high level of dampness can lead to mold or mildew growth. Ways to reduce moisture in a basement include; installing a dehumidifier, avoid using carpet and maintain proper circulation of air.
LOCAL CODES AND REQUIREMENTS
Ensure you know the local codes and requirements of designing a basement. This can easily be done by employing the services of the city planning department. For instance, some cities require that an occupied space must have two entries. Some also put the height of the ceiling into consideration.
Insulation of the basement wall is important. It increases comfortability and reduces the cost of energy. Materials such as spray foams, foam boards, and fiberglass insulators can be used for insulation. The type of material used is dependent on local codes and requirements, climate and cracks to be covered.
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM AND PLUMBING NETWORK
Take time to determine the network of electrical connections, outlets of pipes, and other plumbing networks. You may need to employ the services of professional plumbers and electricians. This is always a requirement in some cities.
Do you plan to add distinct features like a kitchen or bathroom to your basement, then you might need to consider frames and dividers. There are four basic steps in installing interior frames; Cut the correct length putting into consideration the thickness of plates, add a 2*4 to successive two feet, assemble the wall on the ground, and raise the wall placing the bottom first.
PAINTING, AND FLOORING,
Due to the nature of basement walls, two to three coatings of paint are required before smoothness is achieved. You can start with a waterproof primer, followed by two coats of paint with consideration for waterproof paint because of kids.
Carpets and wood floor should be avoided while flooring. This is because they support the growth of molds and mildew. Flooring materials like floor tiles with an inbuilt vapor barrier, ceramic tiles, and floating floors can be used. Painting of walls should be done before flooring as the newly installed walls will conceal paint stains.
Just by doing the above, you can easily redesign your basement and transform it into something great. All that will be left is to arrange the redesigned space and enjoy it.