By Brenda. Basement. Published at Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 - 12:21:49 PM.
Have fun with the staircase, it doesnt have to just be something that you ignore as you enter a room, but it can be what draws you to want to go there in the first place! Windows Not just in the basement, but throughout the whole home; windows seem to be forgotten. Sure, curtains, and window stickies are popular, but replacing and updating windows tend to be the homeowners last resort. Maybe they arent fun enough for you If thats the case, then have some fun! Windows can be a beautiful addition to your basement, even though most basements dont have too many windows; they do tend to have one. If that window has been around since the dark ages, odds are your energy bill could probably go down if you just replaced your window. Some older windows are no longer in good condition so air escapes when you want it to stay in the room.
A Beautiful Living Space If you want to use your basement as a clean, dry area instead not using it and keeping it as a moldy, wet and health-compromising space, then you have no reason to invest in it. However, this is what your basement could become: A beautiful family room with couches, game tables and a TV A naturally quiet and secluded-feeling home office A home theater with a flat screen mounted on a hardboard wall A personal gym with mats, weights and treadmills A safe, secluded play room for the children A beautiful and sophisticated wine cellar To accomplish this, youre going to want basement finishing and remodeling products that can create a vapor barrier between your living space and the cold, wet basement surfaces. On the walls, Id recommend a solid, free-standing cement board and hard foam insulation so you can attach shelves, pictures, a plasma TV or anything else to their surface without concern.
If you arent ready to say goodbye to your white walls yet, there are other ways to add color to your basement. Fit a festive slip cover over a piece of upholstered furniture, or paint a piece of wood or metal furniture. Throw pillows and coordinating area rugs are also a good way to add personality to your (now favorite) room, and they also give people a place to sit on the floor. Dont forget to add artwork. Either hang up something you already own, or have some of your favorite personal photos enlarged and framed. If choosing a paint color scares you, and selecting furniture makes you dizzy, consider consulting a decorator. Decorators are well trained, and they often come up with ideas that you wouldnt have thought of. Your decorator can help you determine what look you are trying to achieve and what colors and styles would be most suitable for your space.
So what can you do to protect your basement from water vapor damage and leaks Hire a certified basement specialist to install a moisture or vapor barrier on your basement walls and floors. This covering will not only improve the appearance of your basement, but also keep it dry and safe year-round. It is important, however, to install a moisture barrier after installing a reliable basement drainage system, such as a sump pump previously discussed. The two systems go hand-in-hand and are extremely effective basement waterproofing agents. Energy-Efficient Dehumidifiers Help Prevent Humidity and Mold Growth One of the most important steps in your basement makeover is to install an energy-efficient dehumidifier. A dehumidifier works to remove moisture from your basement, thus lowering the humidity level. Why is this important Because mold cannot grow in an area with low humidity and can cause such health issues as allergies, asthma, and skin and eye irritation. Mold and rot can also cause structural damage to your home. A basement dehumidifier can help prevent mold, mildew, and rot by reducing humidity, thus making your basement a safer and more habitable space.
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