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Basement Remodeling Essentials

Basements are often the most neglected room of the house. Luckily, with a few minor touch ups, even the most horrid basements can be turned into comfortable, enjoyable living conditions. You can utilize your basement space by turning it into a beautiful playroom for your children, a recreational area for family and guests, or even into an extra bedroom or office. Creating a finished basement is a cost effective way to make your home feel bigger and more pleasurable.

Whenever you are deciding to remodel a room, the first thing you need to decide is what your main focus for remodeling is. In the case of basement renovations, decide first what you would like to do with your basement. Whatever it is that you would like to have done, start off small by making that your main focus. Consider the following:

  • Are you looking for a new floor layout?
  • Will you need to enlarge your old existing space?
  • Does your basement need handicap accessibility?
  • Are you thinking of adding a bath?

Identifying Your Basement's Problem Areas

Before you begin your model, it is important to study your basement and take into consideration all of the problem areas. The more you know about your basement the easier it will be to work with. Make sure to check for waterproofing problems. Key signs of damage are moldy odors and cracked or peeling walls. Also, make sure to check out the level of dryness and the amount of heat captured by your basement. This will help you decide what kind of insulation and flooring to use. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you need to repair damages such as floor wreckage or fixing excess moisture by waterproofing?
  • Does your basement need a little updating?
  • Do you need to add more vent openings for better air circulation?
  • Would you like to enlarge windows to let in more natural light?

In addition, appearance is extremely important too. Make sure to carefully plan a new inviting design for your basement. Arrange for a color theme to enhance your design. Integrate your lighting fixtures to compliment the colors. Turn your scary basement into the most welcoming part of your home.

Keep in mind that basement remodeling is a smart decision for any homeowner. Not only will it increase your homes resale value, but it’s also the easiest and cheapest way to create more living space.

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Basement Remodeling Preparation

Preparing For Basement Remodeling
Basement remodels require you to plan ahead and prepare for your contractors to be moving things in and out of your lower level. The stairwell, entrance way and storage area are the three main areas to focus on. Contractors need to be able to easily get from their truck and into your basement as they are carrying heavy loads of materials and equipment.

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Planning Your Basement Remodel

Planning Your Basement Remodel
As you may have heard plenty of times before, “planning ahead” is definitely the most crucial step to a remodeling project. Homeowners that go into a home remodeling project ill-prepared and unaware usually end up dealing with higher costs in job quality, later due dates, higher project costs and a major headache. Needless to say, the planning/permitting process, and negotiating construction start dates are hard to fit into the same building season unless you plan ahead!

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Working With Basement Remodeling Contractors

Hiring a Basement Remodeler
Basement remodeling contractors are a little different from other contractors that you may hire. First of all, they are typically hired to make an enhancement to your home, as opposed to most contractors that are hired to correct problems or perform maintenance. It’s usually exciting to have a basement contractor working on your home because you can anticipate your living space becoming bigger and better.

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