By Brenda. Basement. Published at Monday, February 19th, 2018 - 12:04:28 PM.
Before finishing the basement Finishing a basement is a fantastic idea. At half the price of building an addition on the home and without the loss of yard space, a basement finishing turns the single largest area of empty space in a home into a new living room, family room, game room, basement bar, basement bathroom, mother in laws suite, wine cellar, or anything else that can be imagined for the area. A national average of 75% of the price of the remodeled basement pays back for itself immediately in an increase in the value of the home and by 2010, when the housing market is expected to improve, this payback will be even better. Basements are naturally quiet, private spaces, and finishing them is a fantastic way to accommodate for a growing family.
If your home has space in the underground that is left unfinished during construction, you would have probably used that space as a dumping area to stuff various items. However, what many people do not realize is that their unfinished basement can be converted into an attractive living space with some effort. If you have not considered finishing your basement, you should do so to enjoy the extra space you have been wasting all these years. Basement remodeling significantly increases the resale value of your home, because anyone will want a professionally finished basement. Remodeling the basement is not an easy task, because you have to first come up with an idea of what you want to do with your basement. The walls and floors will be already in place, but after years of usage without any maintenance, moulds and mildew might have formed. Repairing the walls, ceiling and floor are often one of the major tasks involved in basement remodeling. A new foundation need not be laid for remodeling the basement and hence, you can start working on other aspects of the project.
As for the fixtures themselves, your options are pretty much limitless. Most basements (sadly) are lit by rejected, out of date lamps leftover from the upstairs area of the house. If youre doing a basement renovation, budgeting for quality lighting can pay off in the end. Though they are relatively expensive, recessed lighting fixtures in the ceiling can be a nice touch, particularly if they are switched so that each area or zone of your basement can be controlled independently. But if this isnt possible for you, a mixture of table and floor lamps can be just as functional. The key is to make sure that every single square foot of the basement has access to plenty of light.
Before using the space Wet basements make terrible storage space. Basement leaks will destroy anything organic in the area- including wood sub floors. And when the basement is not leaking, hydrostatic pressure outside of the home will push water through porous concrete, mortar, and dirt around the foundation walls and cause humidity levels within a basement to skyrocket. As the humidity in a basement rises, so do the levels of mold and dust mites. As warm air rises out of the top levels of the house and new air is pulled into the lower levels, humidity, foul odors, mold spores and dust mite feces in the air will rise up into the rest of the home, adding allergens to the home environment. Additionally, humid air is difficult to heat and cool, and the energy bills of the entire house will suffer.
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