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How To Plan For Success In Your Basement

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How To Plan For Success In Your Basement

Are you planning on renovating and finishing your basement, but feeling lost on where to begin?
Finishing or remodeling your basement is a fantastic way to increase your home’s living space, and in turn, increase it’s value too.

However, in order to be successful with your basement remodeling, you have to carefully assemble a plan. Use this guide to help you create that plan so that your basement remodeling project goes smoothly and is completed on time and on budget.

Plan The Layout First

One of the first things that you need to do in preparation for remodeling your basement, is to decide on the new layout of the basement. You need to plan ahead where things like walls, closets, plumbing and electrical will go. If you do not have any experience in designing something like this, it is best to hire an expert.

When you sit down to design the layout for your new basement, you need to take your priorities into consideration. If you hope to have a little extra living space for entertainment, you should consider a more open layout for your basement.

However, if you need extra bedrooms to accommodate your growing family, you’ll need to account for walls and divides into your space.

Don’t forget to take your budget into account when deciding on the layout either. For example, if you decide to add bathrooms, you will obviously need to run plumbing into the basement, which will significantly increase your costs. The same will apply to your electrical needs. Every outlet, light, etc. that you want is going to increase your costs.

Turn Off Water To The Basement Before Working On Plumbing

One mistake that you will definitely want to avoid is failing to turn off the water to the basement before you begin your remodeling project. All too often, homeowners forget or skip this step and find themselves in a huge mess.

For example, let’s say that you are removing a wall in your basement and begin the demolition process before you turn off the water. If there is plumbing in that wall, you could cause a full-blown flood that will throw a major monkey-wrench into your entire project.

Prepare For Potential Flooding

Depending on where you live, the odds of your basement becoming flooded could be very high. Typically, basements will flood as a result of heavy rains or from snow melting in the spring.

However, it is also possible for your basement to become flooded when there is dry weather. Usually, the flood is the result of water seeping through the foundation floor of the basement or from the sewer. As you prepare to renovate your basement, you would be wise to take potential flooding into consideration. Make sure to consider a sump pump and a backup power source

Decide Your Style

It is very important that you formulate your plans for your basement remodeling project with your interior design in mind. Your taste or style will also play a role in your budget. Your style could also have an impact on the way that you layout your new basement and the materials that are used during the finishing process. Again, these will all play a role in the cost of your basement.

Hire Trained Professionals

It can not be stressed enough that if you are not experienced in things like interior design, plumbing, electrical, and carpentry that you should enlist the help of trusted professionals to do the work for you. You will end up wasting a ton of money if you attempt to complete projects that are over your head and hiring someone for repairs.

If you’re interested in finishing your basement and turning your basement into additional living space, contact the basement remodeling experts at Majestic Home Solutions.

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