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What You Should Know Before Finishing Your Basement


The above picture of a metal building from Alan’s Factory Outlet was from a customer that finished the structure.  Another option to think about would be to finish your basement.

Have you ever dreamed of relaxing in a comfortable, finished basement? Maybe you’d like to create a getaway spot you can get to in a matter of seconds. If so, there are a few things to consider before getting down to work on your basement refinishing project.

Make a Floor Plan

You don’t have to be an architect to sit down and draw up a simple floor plan for your finished basement. Do you want a snack area or an area reserved just for a particularly large item, such as a pool table? Do you want to set up a home theater? If so, you won’t need as much lighting in that segment of the basement. What sort of décor do you want? Answering these questions along with others allows you to end up with the finished basement of your dreams!

Conduct a Moisture Test

A basement with a moisture problem is not a good place for your favorite easy chair, television, and other valuable possessions. So before refinishing your basement, it’s a good idea to conduct a moisture test. Take a two-foot-square piece of plastic sheeting and tape it to the basement floor. Tape another piece to a wall in your basement. After two weeks, check the condition of the plastic sheeting. If condensation has formed beneath the sheeting, then your basement foundation is unsealed. Alternatively, if there are drops of water on the surface of the plastic sheeting, then the basement air is too humid. Once you know more about the atmosphere of your basement, you can take steps to make it more accommodating.

Check With Your Local Municipality

Before you start work on your basement, you should check to see if you need any permits from your local municipality. You may need permission for construction, electrical, or other types of work you do in your basement. Chances are good that you will have to draw up an official plan of what you intend to do so it can be put on record.

Put in an Additional Sump Pump

An overworked sump pump can allow water to flood into your attractive finished basement. An additional sump pump also can serve as a backup in case the other fails. This is a precaution that protects you against costly damage of the items in your basement. Also, be sure to have battery power for your sump pump in case your electricity goes off.

Put in Insulation

Installing insulation in your basement is one way to maintain the warmth while keeping out the cold. In addition to helping to keep the space at a comfortable temperature, insulation with a vapor barrier can block out moisture. Do you have a lot of traffic noise around the outside of your home? Quality insulation can help to keep out some of the noise, too, so you can relax in peace.

Choose Your Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important elements of a finished basement. A well-lit space is more inviting to friends and family. Recessed lighting is a popular choice for basements because it takes up very little room. If you have a drop ceiling, this sort of lighting is especially convenient to install.

Create a Warm Atmosphere

Baseboard heating is an ideal option for a finished basement. This system gives you a steady supply of warm air that rises and flows through the room. I like the idea of baseboard heating because it fits into the space in a seamless way.

Enjoy your relaxing new basement, and thanks for reading! – Alan

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