Basements have long ceased to be the neglected dark spaces that find use for storage of the things families no longer needed. Many homeowners are now picking up on the trend of transforming the basement into an additional living space. When it comes to transforming your basement into useful room, it is not just about framing it or putting in new flooring. It is important to have a plan and design for the space in order to convert it into a functional room that will be of assistance to you. Here are some vital tips for you:
Call in the experts
If you are at a loss of where to start, you can involve the experts before you begin the work. The contractors will inspect the existing space and advise you on what you need and where to begin. Get a quote from three or more companies then compare to settle on the best deal. The idea is to look for a company with the right credentials and experience to handle the type of basement renovations you seek.
The price should be fair – do not settle on a very low quote as it may mean that there will be compromise of either workmanship or materials used. On the other hand, you should not pay exorbitantly for something that you can get at an affordable price. Balance between affordability and quality as you embark on choosing the right company.
Know what you are using the space for
Have an idea of what you want to transform the basement into. Are you in need of a family room where you can all hang out? Are you looking for some personal space where you can relax? Since the basement goes along the length of the house, you have a lot of room to work with. Deciding first what you want from the room will help you pick a design and layout that will suit the space. Renovating the basement without a clear plan will leave you in a bind, as you will be working on a room that you have not decided its function. For example, if you want to use it as a guest bedroom, you will be able to design for a layout that incorporates a bathroom and maybe even a kitchenette. Having a clear plan of action will enable the contractor you choose to carry out the renovations without having to come back and redesign the space, as this will cost you more.
Make it comfortable
Just because it is out of sight or you may not be using it much does not mean you make the basement an uncomfortable space. The room should not be cold and unwelcoming such that you cannot stay there longer. Make sure that you insulate the room to keep the warmth in. If possible, look for heated floors as it will make the room warmer. Considering that the basement is at the lowest level of the house, most homeowners don’t make it part of the heating and cooling system found in the rest of the house. If your basement tends to be humid, invest in a good humidifier that will keep the room comfortable. Invest in modern fittings and furnishings that will make the living space worth the effort you will put in. After renovation, the basement should blend seamlessly with the rest of the house.
Make it safe
For safety reasons, ensure that the basement has adequate exit point in case of emergencies. In addition, since utility pipes and other systems pass through the basement, it is important that you make sure you are safe from any harm that they may cause. Also, protect them from any damage that may impair their function. You should install fire alarms as a fire may start in the basement and not be noticeable until it is too late. Since it is at the lowest level of the house, any fire emanating from here could cause untold damage to the rest of the house. The basement should be secure especially from burglars that may break in from unsecure window or doors.
Your basement does not have to remain cold and dingy full of cobwebs and things you no longer need. When you have a clear plan for your basement, you will end up with the best outcome you could have ever imagined. At the end of it all, what counts is the basement remodeling contractor you pick for your renovation and the quality of materials that you will use to transform your space.
At Affinity Renovations, clients will find the best professional help that will offer the needed guidance for basement renovations. We have licensing and accreditation from relevant authorities to provide an assurance of quality service. Our offers always make any basement renovation affordable to many. Don’t hesitate to contact us today; our house remodeling services are round the clock and we will be pleased working with you!