A basement renovation is a fantastic opportunity for you to do something with your unused space, but taking the project on may not be as straightforward as you’d like. For one, you might not know what to do with your basement, and it might be full of junk that doesn’t have a proper place in your house. So, how can you renovate your basement successfully? Here are five steps to follow.
Determine What You’ll Use It For
Before you start your renovation project, you need to determine what your basement will become. You could use it as a spare bedroom or give one of your teenagers more space by turning it into a bedroom. Other ideas include a games or entertainment room or even a home office. However, you could also use it to generate income by renting the basement out to visitors if you could do with earning some extra money.
Remove Items and Fix Problems
If you haven’t spent much time in your basement, you will need to handle several potential issues and problems. Your basement may have become a de facto storage room, so you’ll need to remove everything before you start work. There’s also the chance that it could have experienced damage, such as flooding, dampness, or mold. If this is the case, you’ll need to arrange basement flood repair and mold removal before doing anything else. Depending on the severity of these issues, you may also need to repair other parts of your basement before starting the work.
Install Electrics and Running Water
If you want to use your basement as an office, bedroom, or somewhere you and your family will spend a lot of time, it’s worth installing electric and plumbing functions. Some basements already include light fixtures, but this may not be enough. You will also need plug sockets placed strategically, while a sink and even a bathroom (if you have the space) are also essential so people don’t need to go up to the main level.
Insulation, Paint, Flooring
The basement needs to be comfortable and warm, especially if you live somewhere that experiences sub-zero temperatures during the winter. Installing insulation and drywall can start to make the basement look more like a place to live. Once you’ve done this, you’ll need to paint the walls (any color will do but white is arguably the best base layer to start) as well as install flooring. You can lay carpet or fit laminate floors depending on what you prefer.
Decorate and Install Furniture
Putting the finishing touches on your basement is an exciting time. You can install any furniture and decorations you like depending on what the basement will be. Large sofas and TV stands are ideal for entertainment spaces, while a bed, comfortable chair, bedside tables, and wardrobe are perfect for space bedrooms.
Renovating your basement can be a fun and educational project that could teach you some crucial home improvement skills. A basement can become anything you want, so you have plenty of options to transform it into something unique, functional, or comfortable for you, your family, or any guests.
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