A finished basement can be a great way to add value to your home. Whether you’re planning a guest suite, recreation space, or exercise room, the possibilities are endless.
Before you start, it’s important to plan and design your basement. This includes making a detailed floor plan that shows how your basement will fit together and what furniture you’ll need to put in it. It also includes any hard electrical or plumbing needs that may be required.
Adding a new bedroom in the basement is one of the most common types of Basement Development, but additional laundry facilities, an office or training space, and recreational areas are other popular options.
If you’re remodeling your basement, consider insulating exterior walls to prevent condensation, which can damage your insulation and lead to mold growth. Wall insulation is particularly useful in cold climates and will save you money on heating costs.
Don’t overlook the ceiling, too. Install ceiling drywall to match the rest of the basement, but leave a space for the roof vent to open so air can escape.
Use plastic drainage mats or dimple mats to help drain water away from the floors and prevent moisture problems. These mats also provide a vapor barrier that separates the concrete from the moisture.
Make sure your basement walls are level and square before you begin construction. If they aren’t, you’ll end up with lumps, bumps, and kinks that will be difficult to fix later on.