If you need extra living space in your home there is no need to expand. You can simply achieve this by doing some little work to your basement. Many basements are left untended. For many, it’s a dark and cold place, mostly used for storage of the less valuable assets. Some leave it with no purpose.
A basement can be remodeled into a functional room for recreation purposes. If you have kids it can serve as the perfect playroom. You can also take advantage of the peace and quiet and set it up as your office or prayer room. This remodeling idea also adds to the resale value of your home. Consider the following transformation tips:
- Is it safe
The first step is to determine the safety of the room. Identify all the hazards that can be removed or dealt with so as to promote safety.
- Purpose of conversion
Laying down the purpose will help you to determine the design and the appliances that you need. This also determines the scope of work that needs to be done in the basement. If the space is to be used as a rental, you will need to consider access and comfort. The tenants need privacy and so do you. They’ll need private access to water and electricity meters so as to avoid conflict or over and undercharging them.
- Cost of transformation
You need to make a budget and outline how much you are willing to spend on this project. The level of change will depend on your budget or level of skills for those who go with DIY.
- DIY or contractors
DIY allows you to save money but should not be attempted by those who don’t have adequate skills. The basement is a unique room that requires special considerations so as to make it safe and habitable. There are also building codes that need to be met for the safety of the occupant. The construction work may require permits especially if you will inconvenience your neighbors. Contractors who can help you with this project include interior designers, a drywall supplier, engineers, excavation contractors, plumbers and architects.
- Construction work
Doors and windows: It is a challenge to have many exterior openings for the basement; therefore make the available ones as wide as possible. This is to ensure that you allow maximum air and light into the room.
Drainage and waterproofing: One of the biggest challenges with most basements is moisture. If your basement is experiencing this you will have to do exterior waterproofing and install proper drainage systems to keep the basement dry.
Walls: Walls play a big role in defining the beauty of a room. For a refined look, consider drywall for your new living space. Drywall supplies are readily available at the hardware stores. Any cracks on the walls should be fixed before you start with the interior decorations.
Colors: When selecting colors ensure that you go for ones that brighten up the space. Choose light colored paint for the walls.