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Adding Outside Access to your Basement Remodel

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Adding Outside Access to your Basement Remodel

Basements often get a bad rap and that’s a shame. Having an entire space in your home that is relegated to storing old junk — or even worse, that’s not being used at all — is a waste. With a little renovation, your basement can make for a great game room, guest room, man cave, or workshop. Another way to get more life out of your basement is by adding outside access. Here’s what you need to know about adding outside access to your basement remodel.

Make Sure Your Basement Is A Good Fit

First things first, you need to make sure your basement is a good fit for an outside walkout. It isn’t always as simple as digging down into the ground and adding some stairs. For example, outside basement access is much harder to construct in cold regions with a thick layer of permafrost. That’s not to say that it’s impossible, but certain safety considerations need to be made that will make the process more costly. The bottom line here is that you should know what you’re getting into before you decide to add outside access to your basement.

Research Your Local Building Codes

Certain municipalities impose restrictions on outside basement access. Make sure you research the laws in your area before beginning on your renovation. A good basement contractor will already be aware of any such laws of course, but it never hurts to double check for yourself.

DIY Is Not Recommended

Adding outside basement access isn’t a simple project. No, this is something that requires expertise. Attempting it by yourself is a great way to spend a lot of money and get subpar results. You also run the risk of safety issues. Without well-constructed retaining walls, the pressure from soil can cause the stairs to crack and deform putting you and any guests who use your basement walkout at risk.

Don’t Forget Drainage

This is something that’s often overlooked when constructing basement walkouts — often with disastrous consequences. Without a drain, water from rain, snow, and moisture in the soil build up at the bottom of the steps. With nowhere else to go, the water just sits there slowly eroding the basement access you spent so long constructing. This can also lead to damage to your home’s foundation, which is expensive and time-consuming to repair. Another way to avoid issues with standing water is by constructing a watertight roof over the basement access.

Hire The Right Contractor

This goes for any kind of home remodel. For a project like this, you don’t want to hire someone who has no experience working on basements. You should also ask for references, examples of their previous work, and proof of licensure. A good contractor will provide you with all of this no questions asked.

The Cost Varies

Finally, you’re probably wondering about the cost of a project like this. It’s hard to put an exact number on it because each home is different, but you can ask contractors about similar jobs they’ve done and they’ll be able to give you a price range.

When combined with an interior remodel, adding outside access to your basement is a great way to give it more life. For more information on making the most of your basement, please contact us at Majestic Home Solutions today.

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