By Holly Dodd
As the prices of homes continues to rise so does the need to
make our existing homes larger. Many people just don’t have
money to upgrade to a larger home or they just like the
that they’re in now. The solution is to add a new room.
One of the easiest ways to add a new space to your home is to
finish off the basement. When we think of basements we
generally think of dark, cold and wet – the place that is more
often used for storage than anything else. Basements are also
now for being messy because we generally just throw something
in a pile and run for sunlight.
Basements don’t have to be the “catch all” of your home,
basement remodeling is one of the most cost effective home
improvements you could make to gain more living space. Imagine
having that office you’ve always wanted, or a guest room or
even a new family room. A remodeled basement can be converted
to just about any kind of extra room, just use your
Before you get started on building your new addition, consider
these steps for getting your basement into livable shape.
First, basements are below ground level so even if you don’t
get physical flooding in yours; it probably has a damp feel to
it. A good place to get rid of any water troubles you may have
is to call in a waterproofing specialist. They can assist you
in making sure that once you spend money on improving your
basement space it doesn’t get ruined by water damage. For just
slight dampness a good dehumidifier will do the trick.
Think about the amount of actual space your basement offers.
Consider this space when deciding what type of room you want
convert this to. How much room do you really need for your
addition, will the basement space be enough? Consideration to
the amount of light that comes into your basement should also
be a consideration. A darker room would be perfectly suited
a home theatre setup while it might not be the most cheerful
area for a playroom.
Looking at your basement right now you may think, “It’s just a
basement, I can never turn this into a comfortable room”. If
you just aren’t getting ideas for your basement that appeal to
you call a professional. A good interior decorator or
can help you plan to get the most out of your space
and they help you make sure that is comfortable and attractive
When your home was being designed, chances are that there were
few if any heat registers or air conditioning vents installed
in the basement, if any at all. These of course are
if you plan on converting your basement into living space.
you plan your project make sure you consider adding the proper
air circulation to maintain comfort. While you’re doing that
don’t forget to add carbon monoxide and smoke detectors too.
Now that you’ve cover water and air circulation, it’s time to
think about the amount of natural light available to you.
Basements generally leave a lot to be desired so you may want
to add more. Enlarging windows will let more light shine
through and it will serves as an additional escape route in
case of an emergency. If security is a concern, glass bricks
can be used rather that traditional glass windows.
You can add even more light by adding windows in interior
Creating a nice living space is not as hard as you think. Go
downstairs now and take a look around. See what your
imagination reveals about your new living space.
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