Remodeling your basement is a tricky process, but it’s one that I think everyone should undertake!
Why Remodel Your Basement?
You might think that remodeling your basement is a big job that isn’t worth doing. But I think you’d be wrong to say that. There are all kinds of benefits associated with doing the job. For a start, it adds an extra room to your home, and that can be invaluable. There’s no other modification that you can make to you home’s interior that does that.
Yes, there’s a lot of work involved, and it can get pretty costly if you don’t plan it carefully. But, then again, think about all the extra value that will be added to your home by making the room useful. When the work is done, you can do whatever you want with. You could make it into a bedroom or maybe a games and entertainment room.
Make it Livable
It’s vital that you make the basement safe before you go ahead with any further work. You can do this yourself, but if you’re using a remodeling contractor, they’ll take care of this for you. The walls will first need to be retrofitted to make sure that they are fit for use by you and your family.
Things get a little more complicated if you’re installing a bathroom or anything that require drainage down there. You’ll need to install a waste pipe, and this might mean removing a part of the wall to install the pipe that would let bathroom waste flow out. A sewage ejection pump might be necessary; contact a plumber if you’re unsure.
Don’t Forget About Hazardous Materials
If your building is old and not in the best condition, it’s quite likely that your basement will be filled with hazardous material. You need to get these removed as quickly as possible because they could cause serious health problems to you and other people in your house if fumes are breathed in.
One particular material that is incredibly dangerous is Asbestos. If this is breathed in over a long length of time, you can suffer debilitating and deadly diseases. It’s most commonly found in sealing and ductwork. You should get an expert to remove these hazardous materials for you though because it’s a dangerous process.
Once the renovation has been completed, you need to make it feel like a real part of your house. While it’s still bare and plain it won’t feel like a proper integrated room of your property, so get this done as quickly as possible. Obviously, the style and design you choose will depend on what you want to do with the room.
After the decorating is done, you can start to use the room. It’ll all be worth that hard work when you have an entirely new room in your property to enjoy.
The advantages for you could be even bigger in a few years when it comes to selling the property. The value of the home will now be much higher!