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7 Tips For Remodeling Your Basement

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7 Tips For Remodeling Your Basement

If you’ve been thinking about investing in a home improvement, then one area of your home that you might want to direct your attention to is the basement, especially if it’s unfinished. It’s unfortunate, but many homeowners don’t take advantage of their basement space.

People generally use their basements to do laundry or store old furniture, but you could be doing so much more with your basement space. The following are seven tips to consider if you decide to remodel your basement:

  1. Check your building codes – Some local building codes require that certain rooms have safe exit routes in the event of an emergency. This is especially important for bedrooms. Not all basements have windows, which means that you might have to plan to build a window out of the foundation that is big enough to crawl out of, especially if you plan on turning your basement into an extra bedroom.
  2. Check for moisture problems – Unfinished basements often have problems with moisture. Before you begin renovations, look for signs of moisture problems, such as water damage, mold growth or high moisture levels. Find the source of the moisture and fix it before you begin your remodeling project.
  3. Check the draining capabilities – If you are planning to add a bathroom in the basement, then you’ll need to connect new waste lines for the toilet and the shower or bath. If your waste lines leave your house through the foundation or you don’t have enough of a slope in the existing waste lines, then your basement is going to need a sewage ejection pump in order to properly drain your bathroom waste.
  4. Check for hazardous materials – It’s not uncommon for the construction of older houses to contain potentially hazardous materials. You’ll want to have the basement inspected for such hazardous materials, including lead paint and asbestos (which is often used in older insulation and ductwork), to ensure that the basement is safe before beginning renovations.
  5. Check the height of the ceilings – Basements weren’t typically built to be used as additional living spaces even though they can be remodeled as such. This means that most basements have low ceiling heights. You may want to remove and reinstall ductwork, water piping and gas lines into the above floor joists so that they don’t end up being a huge obstruction. If your ceilings are particularly low, you may even want to dig down. If you do this, you’ll need to pour new footings underneath the existing ones.
  6. Consider installing sound insulation – When insulating the basement (you’ll want to make sure it’s comfortable to use throughout the year, after all), you should also consider using sound insulation to keep noise from traveling from your basement to the rest of the house. This is an absolute must if you are turning the basement into a home theater room.
  7. Consider the style – It doesn’t matter what kind of space you’re remodeling your basement into, you’ll want to be careful about the style you decide on. Generally speaking, you won’t want it to be too different from the rest of the house. A consistent style will help you to maintain the home value. If you do decide that you want to do something different with the basement style, then consider transitional elements that will help make the transition from one style to another less harsh.

These are seven tips that you should keep in mind if you decide to invest in a basement remodel. For more professional basement remodeling advice, be sure to contact us at Majestic Home Solutions for a free consultation in the Detroit area today.

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