Homeowners who are lucky to possess a complete or a partial basement might be ignoring a potential real estate gold mine by letting it stay unfinished. Many surveys have ranked basement remodeling ranks third, after bathroom and kitchen renovations, in steps that may be taken to elevate a home’s value.
You should think about basement renovation.
Remodeling your basement can help you get additional living space downstairs as well as free up room above ground. By transferring an older kid’s bedroom into the basement (a concept that’s quite attractive to a lot of teens ) or making a central entertainment space there, it frees up room to change how your home looks in general.
The basement forms an ideal place for a home office also. You will get a lot more work done in an environment that’s away from the traffic of the rest and one that is specifically created for business matters.
The possibilities are in fact endless. However, many basements have structural problems that should be taken care of first for renovation to be successful. Generally, the number one problem to handle is moisture.
Address issues first.
Even if your basement is regarded ‘finished”, calling on the services of water proofing professionals is worth the expense. They can assist you determine which parts of the basement are vulnerable to moisture problems and help you with lasting solutions to the problem. Investing a great amount of money to renovate your basement only to have it ruined by moisture problems can be quiet distressing.
Moisture may be hiding.
When choosing flooring, moisture is one of the factors you need to consider. Installing a sub floor is recommended but a carpet sales clerk may tell you that a carpet can be installed just above a concrete floor, though that is never a fantastic idea. The warm and slightly moist air in the on your basement can lead to formation of mildew under the carpet which is harmful to your health and produces a foul smell.
The value of insulation.
How you choose to warm and insulate your basement space may make a true difference to the air quality and moisture levels. Fiberglass is a perfect insulating material for lots of basement rooms but polyester is almost as effective and usually retains less moisture, which could be a bonus for the basement room. In terms of heating, your existing furnace might be enough but including radiant floor heating of any kind might help reduce the dust and debris that could accumulate in the area.
Finally, in most cases, having a dehumidifier after remodeling your basement can easily take care of any remaining moisture problems.