By Brenda. Basement. Published at Thursday, January 25th, 2018 - 12:51:25 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.
The Monster in the Basement Picture this: Your upstairs floor leaks whenever it rains. Water is dripping in and pooling on the floor. Even when its not raining, it always seems to be damp, humid, and musty up there. Everything you store there grows mold, and if youve laid wood floor and carpet, its growing moldy, rotting, and the wood is buckling. The windows are rusting and jammed, with spider webs growing in them, and the floor is cold and clammy underfoot. The ceiling is sagging and moldy. Simply put: your upstairs is ugly, uncomfortable and unhealthy. You avoid it whenever you can. Under any circumstances, is this acceptable Of course not! Then why would you let these conditions develop DOWNstairs You shouldnt. Its unacceptable. A basement represents an entire floors worth of space- a gigantic percentage of the potential living space in your home. To allow it to go unused is to deny the full potential of your home. And given the current housing market, this is a fantastic time to think about taking full advantage of every bit of space available in your home.
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.
Basement Waterproofing The actual basement waterproofing requires three steps: drying the basement, sealing the basement, and fixing any remaining problems (like removing the mold, basement wall repair, and so on.) Drying the basement, as mentioned above, is generally a matter of pumping any standing water out and then using a powerful dehumidifier to dry up any wet spots that remain. The actual basement sealing is often a multi-step process by itself. It generally starts with plugging any cracks visible from the inside of the foundation and basement walls. A nice coat of waterproofing paint (NOT damp-proofing, but waterproofing) is the second part of the process. Then you polish it off by finding all of the holes (windows, ducts, pipes, etc.) between the inside of the basement and the outside, and caulk or otherwise seal around them.
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