One of the best ways to add capitalize on your living space without putting on an addition is to renovate your basement. Basements can be great, versatile spaces to turn into something you and your loved ones will truly enjoy. Whether you’re considering turning your basement into a family room, extra sleeping space, den, or workout area, here are some important considerations to keep in mind.
Check the Foundation
When completing any basement remodel, it’s a best practice to have your contractor inspect the foundation to be sure it’s in good condition. If they notice any cracks in the foundation walls, you should take care of them immediately. If you leave them, you may end up spending money on a basement renovation that could get ruined by flooding. Investing in fixing small issues before starting your project can save you thousands of dollars down the road in major foundation damage.
Once you’ve addressed any structural issues in your basement, keep your walls in good condition by adding a quality drainage system. You have several options to consider for your basement remodel, such as a french drain, sump pump, or drain tile. Talk with your contractor about which drainage option is best for your basement and invest in a quality system that will keep your basement dry. After you’ve invested in a quality drainage system, you’ll want to put down a subfloor that will provide you with a dry, well-insulated space.
Create a Thoughtful Design
After you’ve invested your resources in a quality structure, it’s time to consider the overall design for your basement remodel. Sketch out how you want your finished space to look so your contractor has an idea of what your vision is so they can execute it. You should consider how you want to use your space and whether you want to invest in hiding your HVAC and water system so they aren’t out in the open so your contractor can plan accordingly.