4 Tips to Prepare for A Basement Remodel

Blog originally published on October 16, 2018. Updated on October 7, 2022.

Perhaps your home feels a bit tight, making you itch for some extra space. If so, consider a remodeled basement to create more usable space. Whether it’s a guest bedroom, home gym, home theater, or a recreation room, remodeling your basement is a cost-effective way of opening up additional living space.

However, remodeling your basement is not your ordinary DIY job. Your basement project needs to comply with building codes to have maximum safety and usability. This is why you should contact a professional remodeling agency for advice on the available options.

The four tips below can help you in preparation for your remodeling project.

Tip #1: Storage Requirements

 Before beginning the remodeling project on your basement, ensure that you have plenty of storage space to work with. Avoid exhausting all your basement footage. While home theaters are popular options, you may need to leave some unused space in your basement renovation for storing your offseason clothes, equipment, bikes, and decorations.

Tip # 2: Lighting for Basement Remodeling Projects

Include an egress window for a basement, especially if it will host an office room or bedroom. An egress window lets in natural light. Also, lighting up your basement makes it feel less like a basement. Incorporating recess windows in specific areas of your basement keeps the darkness away, makes the space feel roomy, and also reduces the electrical work you'll have to do.

Tip # 3: Assess Your Needs

Assess the functionality that you need from your basement, and then install the right equipment. Preferably, you should consult with your designer about privacy considerations, lighting, and electrical outlets for room additions like this.

Tip #4: Choosing the Proper Ceiling for Your Finished Basement

 It is always tempting to use drywall as your ceiling’s finish to achieve a consistent look with the rest of your home. Even so, consider using tiles on your roof for better cost savings in the future. This is especially important if you have electric wiring or plumbing running overhead. That way, you’ll avoid cutting through a substantial amount of drywall, and expensive patching and repair costs in case of leaks. You’ll only need to replace a couple of tiles, and you're all set!

Starting A Basement Remodeling Project? Call More for Less!

The points above don’t represent all available basement remodeling preparation tips. Nonetheless, they are standard requirements in projects of this type. For comprehensive help with your Metro St. Louis basement remodeling project, call the creative team at More for Less Remodeling at (314) 458-5592 or request a free quote. We'd love to help you transform your basement into an appealing and functional space for your family!