4 Tips for Finishing Your Basement
A basement carries so much potential. We’ve written blogs before about the different types of spaces you can make with your basement — from a getaway to a home office or even a rental suite for extra income. But before you can do any of that, you first have to finish the basement. A basement is “finished” when it’s insulated, leveled, heated and cooled, and generally up to the standards of the upstairs space. That can be an intimidating process, but not with the help of a remodeling team from MBC Remodeling. Here are a few tips to make finishing your basement more manageable:
Basements unfortunately can become susceptible to water damage, especially unfinished basements. If you have issues with dampness in your basement, you want to make sure to resolve that before you continue finishing it. Otherwise, you could end up with issues of mold and mildew. You can do this by adding roof gutters to funnel water away from your foundation into a downspout, or by repairing existing roof gutters. You may also need to waterproof the walls, depending on the severity of the water damage.
Check Building Codes
Before you get started, you’ll want to check building codes to make sure that you can do everything you want to do with your basement. You may need permits and inspections before making changes to things like plumbing and electrical wiring. Here again, your remodeling team can help brief you on any relevant building codes that you need in order to finish your basement. They can also acquire the permits themselves, so you won’t have to worry about it.
If you want your basement to truly be as comfortable as the rest of the house, then insulation is a must. Insulation will help you to keep the temperature in your basement cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It will also add an additional moisture control barrier to keep your basement safe from mold and mildew.
Utilize Drop Ceilings
Drop ceilings are made up of removable ceiling tiles. They’re often used in office spaces because they both hide any electrical wiring and offer easy access to reach them. For these same reasons, drop ceilings can be a great option for your finished basement. Remodeling teams can help you find drop ceilings with attractive lighting fixtures or other features so that it looks more like home than work.
Need help finishing your basement? Contact MBC Remodeling today to learn more or set up a free consultation today.