February 16, 2015
Finishing a basement? Consider this
If you’re getting ready to complete your finished basement, it may seem like you have a blank canvas in front of you that you can fill in any way you want. But there are several things to consider before you start making your plans.
Things that can’t be moved: You’ll have to work around the furnace, water heater, laundry chute, sump pump and other things that can’t be easily relocated.
Existing structural problems: If you see large cracks in the walls, this may be a sign of a settlement problem. Call AmeriSpec for a basement inspection to make sure it’s not significant.
Local building codes: If you want to build a bedroom in your basement, find out if you have to have some form of egress from that room. You may also need to get a building permit before starting repairs.
How the space will be used: Is this a play room for the kids, a man cave for Dad, or a craft studio for Mom? Or a combination?
Potential moisture problems: Water can seep in during heavy rain or snow, and a basement may be more humid than the rest of the house. Consider this as you look at floor coverings and wall finishes.
Staying warm: Because spaces below ground are usually a few degrees cooler than above-ground spaces, there’s a chance that your basement will feel cold. Consider adding a heat source such as a radiant floor heater, and install carpeting or warm rugs on bare floors.
Let in the light: If you don’t have a walk-out basement, it may be difficult to get natural light into the basement. Be sure to plan on extra light fixtures so the space won’t seem gloomy.
For more information, Adam Verwymeren has additional ideas on Fox News.