Basement Remodeling: Creating the Perfect Lower Level

Ron Nanberg | Tue, Mar 4, 2014 | Basement Remodeling

Basement RemodelingThe basement is often the most underutilized space in a home. This cavernous room, used to house HVAC equipment, plumbing, and perhaps a washer and dryer can be so much more with the right vision and professional assistance. Your barely-used basement can become the favorite room in the house when you use these basement remodeling tips to create the perfect lower level.

Step 1: Make a list of your ideas and begin mapping them out.

The first step is to determine the function of the room, and then sketch different ideas out on paper. Things to consider:

  • Lighting. You want to keep social areas lit naturally if possible so place these near windows. If an entertainment room is in the works, consider how lighting will affect the glare of the television.

  • Windows. If bedrooms are a part of the plan, they have to have a window that allows occupants to escape if necessary so these will be on the perimeter.

  • Accessories. Keep a wet bar, fridge or snack storage in a location that doesn't require people to pass in front of the TV.

Then take your ideas to a home design professional who will be able to consider the little details that you might not have.

Step 2: Get the space ready for basement remodeling

Before you can do the fun stuff, you need to repair and prepare!

Repairs and amendments. Hire a building inspector to give your basement the once-over and list repairs or amendments that need to be made before your start the design. This may include things like repairing floor joists, removing pest infestations, mitigating moisture issues and repairing and updating heating, cooling, plumbing and/or electrical work.

Water proofing. Moisture is the remodeled basement's enemy. Extend your gutters to at least 10-feet away from the foundation, seal cracks and gaps in the exterior walls and window frames, and install a backup sump pump for extra protection.

Insulate the pipes. Before you box in exposed pipes, apply insulation jackets. It will make your hot water pipes more energy efficient and prevent condensation from forming on cold water pipes.

Mold-resistant walls. The last step is to use mold-resistant materials that will serve as your blank design canvas. This can be done using a modular system that includes the insulated walls, ceilings and floor finishes.

Step 3: Implement your new design

Once your perimeters are set, it's time to implement the design details. Things to consider:

  • Decorative ceiling tiles. These can take the modular ceiling from blah to exquisite.

  • Moisture resistant flooring. Floating vinyl planks are hard to distinguish from natural hardwood and high-quality versions come with a 20-year warranty.

  • Lighting plan. Your lighting plan is the key to a nice, bright living space. Use a combination of recessed cans, sconces, and lamps so you can control brightness and mood.

  • Kitchen and bathroom. Whether you go small or large, a stylish kitchen and bathroom design will make your new basement space convenient and desirable for family and friends.

Contact Kitchens & Baths Unlimited to hire basement remodeling professionals who will make sure your lower level design is done right from the outside in. With your ideas and our expertise, the results are guaranteed to be the perfect lower level you've been dreaming of.