By Brenda. Basement. Published at Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 - 12:33:09 PM.
While natural light is best, for some basements its just not possible. In these cases, artificial light can be used to create a more welcoming space. Since you are probably going to use your basement for a variety of different activities, go ahead and use several different kinds of lighting. Newer CFL (compact fluorescent) bulbs are gaining popularity because they are energy efficient and fit into traditional incandescent fixtures. Technically, they give off the same amount of light as a traditional incandescent, but some designers argue that the aesthetic quality of the light is inferior. Dont be afraid to mix CFLs with incandescent. Use the CFL lights for everyday use, and the incandescent lights for ambiance and more visually demanding tasks.
The Best Basement Waterproofing Contractor and Basement Remodeling Experts for You Its important to find a basement remodeling contractor that is still going to be in business if you need to service your installation or have warranty work done. The small business administration reports that 50% of contractors have their business fail within the first year and over 96% within five years. Its best to pick a company that youre confident will still be there when you need them. DryGuys Basement Systems of New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland have been in business for more than 20 years and would like to help you with your basement waterproofing and finishing- as well as your foundation repair, dehumidification, and crawlspace encapsulation needs. Were a part of the Basement Systems - the worlds largest network of basement waterproofing contractors in the world. Their systems will keep your basement from leaking while our finishing products create vapor barriers on all concrete basement surfaces. Our Total Basement Finishing basement finishing ideas (also available across the United States) can insulate the room and make the whole house more energy efficient.
1. Add Light Good lighting can be the difference between a dark, even scary, basement and a bright, cheery extension of your home. Natural light is always preferable to artificial lighting, but unfortunately, in most basements its either scarce or non-existent. If you are lucky enough to have a portion of your basement that is above ground, take advantage of it. Ask your contractor to determine if it is possible to add windows (or even a door) without extensive structural renovations. Also be aware of anything that is hanging above existing basement windows and blocking out light (i.e. balconies, awnings, or even overgrown vegetation). You may discover that simply removing these things can increase the amount of natural light you end up with.
Why Its Important to Keep Your Basement Dry Many homeowners choose to renovate their basement to make it a usable space. It might become a childs playroom, a spare bedroom, a home office, or a game room. Other homeowners, however, do not need or use their basement, and prefer keeping it as a storage space or simply a part of the house that one simply passes through from time to time. Whether your basement is fully-functional or completely empty, its important to keep it dry at all times. Why For starters, proper sealing helps to protect against possible flooding. Its also important to keep a basement dry because any wetness, dampness, or moisture in a basement can lead to mold and mildew growth, which can cause such health issues as asthma and allergies (as well as more serious concerns).
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