Those who own either a full or a partial basement could be ignoring a real estate gold mine by leaving the basement unfinished. According to several surveys, basement remodeling is ranked third, only behind bathroom and kitchen renovations, in steps which could be taken to increase a home’s worth.
Why you should consider a basement renovation.
Remodeling your basement can offer you with not only extra living space downstairs but also may free up room above ground. Through creating an entertainment room there or moving an older kid’s bedroom into the basement, you free up room which changes the entire look of your house.
The basement is a terrific location for a home office too. You’ll have much more work done within an environment that’s separated from the traffic of the remainder of the house and that’s particularly designed with the aim of doing business.
The possibilities are actually endless. Before any work starts, most basements have structural problems that will have to be dealt with for the renovation to succeed. Normally, the issue to address in any basement in moisture.
Address issues first.
Even when your basement is known as “completed” already, calling on the assistance of a water proofing specialist is money well spent. They will be able to help you figure out where the basement is exposed to moisture issues and give you solid and durable solutions to the issues. Investing a great amount of money to renovate your basement only to have it ruined by moisture problems can be quiet distressing.
Moisture may be hiding.
Moisture is an element which should be considered when selecting flooring. Installing a sub floor is always highly recommended but a sales clerk would advise you to use a carpet on top of the concrete, though that is not a wise idea. The warm and slightly moist air in the on your basement can lead to formation of mildew under the carpet which is harmful to your health and produces a foul smell.
The Significance of insulating.
How you choose to warm and insulate your basement space may make a true difference to the air quality and moisture levels. Fiberglass is great for most rooms in the basement while polystyrene could be nearly as effective and tends to retain less moisture, which may be a bonus for the room in the basement. When it comes to heating system, your furnace (which is likely located right on your basement) might be sufficient, although putting a radiant floor heating of a kind may help in reducing the debris and dust that accumulates in the space.
Finally, in most cases, having a dehumidifier after remodeling your basement can easily take care of any remaining moisture problems.