Perhaps your home feels a bit tight, making you itch for some extra space. If so, consider remodeling your basement to gain extra space. Whether it’s a guest bedroom, home theater, or a recreation room, remodeling your basement is a cost-effective way of doing so.
However, remodeling your basement is not your ordinary DIY job. Why is that so? Your basement 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.
However, these four tips 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. You may need to have some unused space for storing your offseason clothes, equipment, bikes, and decorations.
Tip # 2: Lighting
Include an egress window for a basement where your basement hosts an office room or bedroom. An egress window lets in the light more naturally. 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 and makes it roomy.
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.
Tip #4: Choosing the Proper Celling
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 drywall and expensive patching and repair costs in case of leaks. You’ll only need to replace a couple of tiles and you are set.
These points don’t represent all available basement remodeling preparation tips. Nonetheless, they are standard requirements in projects of this type.