If you’ve got a full house and looking to make better use of your basement, you should really think about doing some basement remodeling. Take a little time, invest a little money, and extend a little bit of effort towards remodeling your basement and you can reap the rewards as your family expands and grows. A well-built and designed basement can serve a multitude of purposes for not only your immediate family but for anyone that may visit you as well. And if you are strapped for a little cash, you could even rent it out to someone looking for a place to stay. If you are in the market to redo your basement, you might want to keep reading as there are some things that you should take notice of.
One of the biggest steps in giving your basement a new look is finishing the ceilings, walls and floor. If it’s already framed out and ready, then don’t forget about the color. A good coat of paint can really improve the overall look of your basement. One thing to keep in mind is that basements are naturally dark, so try to stick to lighter or brighter colors.
If you are looking to make your basement a warm and inviting place, there’s a couple things to think about here. Although wood doesn’t do that well in a basement, a wood finish on your walls can really make the place feel like home. Avoid simply painting the floor as that doesn’t do much to warm the place up. Instead, think about using some laminate or carpet tiles, it’ll make not only the place feel a little more liveable, but it’ll keep your feet warmer as well instead of walking on a cold and bare concrete floor.
Waterproofing Is A Necessity
To really add an extra layer of protection, since most all basements are underground, you should apply a waterproofing compound to the walls. If you have any cracks in your walls or floor you need to make sure to fill them and seal them. Never nail your frame directly to the basement wall, this will ensure that you have proper distance and ventilation to keep the basement clean and dry. You do this with furring strips, just make sure that you keep them evenly spaced at about 16 inches apart as most panels come in 4 foot width increments (48 inches). This will allow for proper fastening.
Speaking of furring strips and fastening, you should always use concrete nails if attaching them directly to the wall. If you are attaching them to the frame, you might instead go with some type of adhesive. Some people will use a wood glue when attaching the panels to the frames or strips, but I’d suggest using nails. Just make sure to countersink them in and then fill the tops with a wood putty.
Basements Are Stuffy So Let Them Breathe
If you are installing the basement walls yourself, make sure to leave enough room foor ventilation. Make sure to use a couple ventilators between the concrete wall and the panels. Also, be sure to measure for electrical outlets and cut them in correctly. You don’t want a big mouse hole looking thing sticking out either above or below your actual outlet plate attached on the walls.
Don’t Be Afraid
The basement is one area, if you are looking for just some more room to stretch out, where you can let your creative juices flow. Come up with your own theme. Use paints and colors to match it. If you are a big baseball fan, think about what your favorite stadium or team is and go with it. Decorate and colorize it to your liking. Take note of how much lighting you have in the room overall and see where you could put some accent lights to really catch someones eye.
But most of all, just remember that your overall objective of your basement remodeling project is to make your basement a place where you’d want to be. It should fit your style, your comfort zone, and be a place where you can come and kick off your shoes for a while and relax the way you want to and how you want to.