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The Complete Guide to Basement Renovations: 7 Tips to Remember
Monday, March 16, 2020

Whether you've recently moved into a new house with an unfinished basement or have been planning on redoing yours for some time, we can help. Basement renovations can be quite straight forward, depending on your plans.

Regardless of how intricate or simple your designs are, however, there are some hard and fast considerations you need to take into account. These considerations can save you time, money, and a lot of headaches down the road.

Always remember these seven basement renovation tips.

1. DIY or Professional Hire?

While we would never want to call your skills and abilities into question, ask yourself "Am I the right person for this job?"

Do you know what you're doing? Do you have the proper experience? What about tools?

While it may seem like an easy way to save money, a DIY basement renovation could end up costing you more based on errors, redos, and vital mistakes that lead to property damage, water leaks, etc.

2. Know City Coding

Additionally, when embarking on basement renovations, make sure you know the city coding laws and regulations. Do you need permits to do the work you're doing? If you're attempting any plumbing or electrical work, it all must be to code and professionally done to avoid problems selling your house in the future.

3. Dryness is Vital in Basements

A lot of homes, old and new, constantly deal with moisture issues in the basement. Unfortunately, excess moisture can lead to a range of problems including water damage, structural damage, hazardous mold growth, and pests.

Make sure you add a vapor barrier before you finish your exterior walls to prevent moisture seeping in through the cement foundation. You may also consider adding space between the basement wall by adding furring strips.

4. Drop Ceilings Are Great for Hiding Pipes and Wires

One of the most useful tips for basement renovations is using drop ceilings. Drop ceilings are a false ceiling dropped from the true ceiling to hide pipes and wires. While they take away some headroom, they also provide easy access for plumbers and electricians when necessary.

Pro tip: Incorporating an open floor plan into your basement will make it feel much larger, even if you have limited overhead space.

5. Leave the Utility Room Simple

When doing your basement renovations and unleashing your creativity, you may be tempted to add a nice finish to the utility room. However, we urge you to leave it simple, if not completely untouched. Not only are there specific codes that you don't want to violate, but if there were a leak or other issue, your handiwork would quickly be ruined.

6. Use Recessed Lighting to Save on Head Room

Whether you have a drop ceiling or not, it would be a good idea to used recessed lighting, especially if you're already hurting for headspace. Recessed lighting that sinks into the ceiling will take give the illusion of more overhead room as well as take away potential hazards to bang your head into.

7. Don't Skimp on Insulation

Finally, be sure to add ample insulation while completing your basement renovations. If you've spent any time living directly under someone, you know how intrusive their footsteps can be. Insulating the ceiling can be vital for dampening overhead noise.

Additionally, basements are traditionally cold, since heat rises. While this is good in the summer, winter can be unbearable if the walls aren't heavily insulated.

Need Help With Basement Renovations?

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