There are many benefits to renovating your dark and musty basement. You'll add a lot of square footage to your home that you can use for storage or as living space. If you have a growing family, then renovating your basement could be a better option for getting more room than an addition or moving to a bigger home. Here are some important aspects involved with a basement renovation besides coming up with the perfect design.
Make Sure The Basement Stays Dry
If your basement has a musty odor, or even if it doesn't, you'll want a contractor to assess it for moisture problems. Water leaks and moisture due to condensation are common in basements, and these problems can ruin your remodeled work in a hurry. It's usually best to err on the side of caution and install a waterproofing system first if your basement doesn't have one already. This might include putting in a sump pump that removes water that gets in the basement after a heavy rain.
Install Ample Lighting To Drive Away The Darkness
Another problem with basements is that they're dark and dreary since they don't have natural light. You may be required by codes to put in an egress window depending on how you plan to use the basement, but basement windows usually don't provide much light. Instead, you'll need a well-thought-out lighting plan that not only provides illumination, but also uses light to make the space seem larger and brighter. Recessed lights are usually good for this, and you may need more lights than you would normally put in a traditional room that gets plenty of natural light.
Think About The Best Flooring
A contractor can help you choose the best flooring for your basement renovation. The flooring choice is important since moisture and air circulation have to be taken into account. You won't want to leave the concrete as flooring and carpet isn't the ideal choice. Since basement flooding is always a potential risk, flooring such as vinyl planks that click together is a good choice since it can be removed and dried out if the floor is flooded.
A contractor that provides basement renovation services can help you stay in budget and come up with a way to remodel the space to give you all the features on your checklist. However, you'll also need to comply with local codes, and codes can be extensive when dealing with basements, especially when you add plumbing or a bedroom to the space. The contractor can let you know about things you may not be aware of such as the required height for the room and the placement of required windows.
These could add to the cost of the renovation, and so can the need for foundation repair or waterproofing. So starting with an evaluation by a basement renovations contractor is a good idea before you get too far along with your wish list.