Basement finishing and remodeling is a great winter project. This allows our workers to stay warm while making a big impact on your home’s functionality. Remodeling the basement provides homeowners an excellent way to nearly double the square footage of their home without building an expensive addition. There are, however, several things to keep in mind before the project begins.
Dry it Out: Make absolutely sure the basement is dry. A wet finished basement can’t be remodeled until it is dry and other measures have been taken to protect your home. Dampness in the basement leads to issues like wood in your newly constructed walls, mold, mildew, and insects.
Vapor Barrier: A vapor barrier is installed on the bare walls and floors after sealing them from water penetration. This will prevent moisture from reaching your walls and subflooring.
Offset the Walls: Moisture can still be a problem even if you’ve already sealed the block and concrete, and installed a vapor barrier. Offset the walls by installing furring strips to keep the wall materials from touching areas that may be prone to moisture.
Building Walls on Concrete: Walls have to have anchor points to provide the stability you need for individual rooms. They need to be attached to the flooring and to the walls as well. Attaching wood walls to concrete and block requires something much stronger than your everyday nail or screw.
Insulate the Walls: You may think that your basement has all the insulation it needs because it is underground and is built with concrete and block. Unfortunately this isn’t the case. The ground remains cooler than the interior temperature. Concrete and block are not good insulators. They allow the coolness of the surrounding dirt to permeate the basement. Basement walls should be insulated just like other walls throughout your home.
Drop Ceilings are Your Friend: The space between the first floor and the basement is home to several things including electrical work and plumbing. There will be times when you need access to these areas, so a drop ceiling with easy access is the best choice for the basement ceiling.
Keep the Utility Room Bare: The HVAC unit, water heater, and other utilitarian pieces of machinery should not be included in your basement remodel. Leave their area as simple as possible with concrete flooring and walls in case something breaks down. The last thing you need is for a leaky water heater to ruin your beautiful new flooring and walls in the basement.
Give us a call to schedule an appointment for a consultation. We’ll share our expertise with you and start the design process based on what you tell us you want to achieve with your basement remodeling project.