Are you ready to transform your basement?
As families grow, space is harder to come by, so looking for underutilized space becomes a priority. If your attic is not large enough, or is used for storage, your basement may be the best option. Right now it may look dark and dingy, with a lot of pipes and wires in the ceiling, but there is hope! Maybe you need another bedroom because the kids are getting too old to share one, or maybe that would be the best location to put family when they come to visit. Whatever the need, there is a lot you can do with a basement.
The first step is to decide what the space will be used for. More often than not, clients want another bedroom or a family area. Perhaps you’re even considering a “Man Cave” for the men in the family. Whatever your decision, it is important to think about your family and what your needs are now and in the future.
Once you have the concept for the space, it’s time to find a contractor. For a more in depth article on the steps to select a contractor, please read How to Select the Right Contractor. Once you have made your decision and have the right contractor, it’s time to check a few things. Is your basement water tight? What pipes in the ceiling need access? Is there a form of egress that meets local code? Do you have enough room on your electric panel for added plugs/lights/etc? What is the height from floor to ceiling? Your contractor should be able to answer all of these questions, or can have a conversation with the local Building Inspector to verify that the project can proceed.
Another important aspect of the basement remodel is the insulation. You may think that the basement is always cool in the summer and hot in the winter, but you will still want a good insulation in the walls and ceiling. Make sure your contractor uses a vapor barrier to protect from moisture as well.
Lighting the room is fairly straight forward because recessed lighting is the typical lighting application. Recessed lights take up the least amount of space and can add great ambiance if you put them on dimmers.
Once the room is framed, sheet rocked and the flooring is installed, it will be time to decorate the space. Have fun with it. You will find that it is very rewarding because of the extra space that you gain.
For more information on how to select the right contractor, or for a free consultation, please give Shaw Remodeling a call at 860.434.2004. We would be happy to sit with you and discuss any questions you may have as well as the many options there are available to you.