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Turning Your Basement into a Living Space

Basements can be a great way to make the most of the space you have. These huge concrete spaces beg to be used and can be used for many different things. If you add a basement to your plans, you don’t have to finish it right away, which is a plus. You can always go back and finish it later if your family grows or if you just need more space. There are a few important rules to follow when finishing your basement so that the space is usable and easy to take care of.

Basement remodeled into living area with a bar

Finished basements are a great way to add more living space to a house, but they can also be tricky. Even though an unfinished basement is a blank slate, it is cooler, more humid, and more likely to get damp than any other part of your home. It also has plumbing and mechanical equipment that needs to be hidden. You can cover them with drywall, but if something breaks, it can be hard and expensive to get to them.

This is when finishing systems for the basement come in handy. This method uses fiberglass insulation to make walls that don’t hold moisture and can breathe. This makes for a comfortable and quiet space. The walls are also meant to be taken down so you can get to your pipes or foundation.

With that peace of mind, you can build anything you want in your basement, from a new home office to a man cave or rec room. However, there are a few more things to think about when you want to furnish your basement.

Living room
Living room in basement

Flooding is a problem in the basement, so make sure you have a way to deal with water, or make sure you use a flooring material that can handle water and moisture well, or just keep the concrete floors. The best piece of advice is to do some research before deciding what kind of floor to put in your basement. This will help you avoid having to rip up your floor after a flood.

One way to deal with dampness and flooding in the basement is with floor drains. It should connect directly to a storm drain or drain into a basin with a sump pump. If you put these systems in now, you won’t have to buy new furniture, rugs, or appliances in the future.

Lighting is another important part of making the basement into a living space. Most basements don’t get much natural light, but there are ways to fix that.

Many building codes say that a finished basement needs a second exit. You can add an egress window and a window well to let in a little more light. A person can get out of a basement through an egress window, which also lets in more natural light.

You should talk to a contractor about finishing your basement, especially if plumbing or require more electrical work. Your contractor can help you figure out the best things to do with your finished basement and turn it into your dream living space.

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