Like any large project, there are several steps to keep in mind when finishing a basement. But there are a few key points that are vital to creating a space that is sound and comfortable.
Before beginning any basement construction, it is necessary to check for water issues or damage. Check the interior floor and walls, and step outside to make sure the exterior of the foundation is in good shape. Inspect downspouts and gutters for debris in order to keep moisture away from the basement.
Once the basement is dry, it's important to design a layout and decide on a budget. One of the first steps you might take is protecting the floor with a waterproof epoxy sealant. Walls can also be covered with a polyurethane vapor barrier or insulation that is enclosed in the material.
It's important to inspect the ceiling for exposed pipes or electrical wiring. It may be necessary to install a drop ceiling if you will need access to these systems in the future. Proper lighting and baseboard heating are also worthy additions to a basement, giving it a cozy feel like any other room in a home.
Flooring, furniture and the addition of other rooms are not essential to a basement finishing project, but they can make a welcoming difference if there is room in your budget. Each of these steps to finishing a basement will enhance any living space, while adding value to a home.
See also: Planning a Basement Remodel
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