Homeowners that own older houses generally have a great deal of affection for their homes. In some ways, their home is an extension of their family. Creaky stairs, squeaky doors, and windows that rattle gives families that live in older homes comfort. Not wanting to sell their homes, but seeking to give their home a new look may seek to refurbish their basement.
Extend Your Living Space
The main reason homeowners remodel their basement is to extend the amount of living space. What you install in your basement is completely up to you. Another bedroom and bathroom, small kitchen, a bar area, an office, or a space for family and friends to get together are all possibilities. Basement remodels definitely add value to your home, giving potential buyers an entire new usable space.
Where to Begin?
One of the first steps in embarking on a basement remodel is to ensure that your basement is dry. You also want to reduce the amount of moisture and dampness. Cracks in the foundation walls may lead to leakage that, if not addressed pre-remodel, may crop up post-remodel, ruining all of your efforts. Consult with an experienced contractor who specializes in making basements dry to address any water issues.
If your furnace resides in your basement, you want to make sure that your furnace is in top working condition before you remodel. Insulate any non-insulated pipes. Also, add insulation between joists and studs. And clean your entire basement so that you have a clear area to construct your new space.
Next, sketch out what you want to build in your basement. Think about where you might want to construct a bathroom, kitchen area, and any place you want access to water. You may be able to connect to existing pipes, saving you money on your remodel. Consider working with a designer who has been successful in designing basements to help you with ideas. Once you have designed your new basement, select a contractor(s) to do the work or, if you are handy, you can to the project yourself.
Flooring for Basements
One of the challenges of a basement in an older home is that, with many older homes, it is often near impossible to finish the basement space because of damp or especially uneven floors. Building practices of a past era coupled with time and the elements have limited how the basement can be used. Fortunately there are new products available today that you can use to extend the living space of your home.
The first step you want to take is to decide what type of flooring you want in your basement. Once you decide on flooring type, you will need to install a vapor barrier over the concrete. Concrete, although durable, is porous and tends to hold water, making basements damp. A vapor barrier reduces dampness. The type of vapor barrier you need to install depends upon the type of flooring you select. Also, some new products, such as basement flooring tiles, have a built-in vapor barrier, so an extra vapor barrier is not needed.
Ceramic tile is very popular as basement flooring since it is very durable and it can be installed right over the concrete floor. Other options include vinyl tile and planks, vinyl sheets, and engineered wood.
Making Your Basement Usable