Your next home improvement project is the basement… Dun, dun, dun. The creepy, eerily dark and dingy basement that no one enjoys. But to turn it into a bright, welcoming place everyone wants to be, will be worth all the hard work you put into it. There are a few things to consider when remodeling your basement and we’ll help every step of the way!
What to look for and what to expect
- Get permit requirements
Depending on what state you live in, they will require specific measurements and conditions for your basement. Make sure to do a little bit of research before you get started. Here in Utah, depending on what city you live in, the minimum room height could be no less than 7 feet and you need to make sure that there is an emergency escape and rescue opening in each room. Research what the requirements are in your city first, not just the state because each city could have different conditions.
- Look for water issues
Most basements have water leaks and end up flooding; then all your valued items and hard work in remodeling go down the drain. So, it’s important to check for leaks or any water issues before you start remodeling.
- Don’t change design plans
It’s a lot of work remodeling and sometimes can be frustrating. Once you found a design you like, try your best to stick to that design or it’s going to increase the cost to change everything around. Pay attention to even minor details so that everything goes according to plan. It will be less stressful on your part as well. If you are ever in doubt, you can ask a friend or family member.
- Hiring the wrong contractor
Make sure you hire a licensed contractor that knows what they are doing and has a stable business. Look at their reviews first, in view of the fact that will help determine whether they can do the job or not. Don’t hire a friend, because they might end up not doing the job right or not even do it at all.
- Using organic matter for the walls
Basements are more humid than the rest of your home. For that reason, you should use materials like mold-resistant drywall, fiberglass, plywood, and many types of paint that absorb water. Most organic material is grown from seeds and absorb carbon dioxide while they grow. Once they isolate these gases they don’t get released into the atmosphere. They can breathe, absorbing and giving off moisture which makes your home healthier and more natural.
- Avoiding Bug Infestation
Basements are an ideal home for pests. Keeping the basement clean after your remodel will help keep them out. Clean your floors regularly; even if it’s all covered in carpet, get them vacuumed and shampooed by a professional more often than the rest of your home. Keep food out as well to help prevent ants and other bugs from entering your basement.
If you have a fireplace installed or already have one in your basement, make sure to keep the firewood outside. Firewood attracts stubborn insects that hibernate during the winter and that will end up being a nightmare for anyone. Walking outside in the winter time to gather wood is not fun, but it will ensure that all insects are not going to come into your home. The stored wood should be at least 3 feet from your home.
Hire the best
At Lloyd’s Cabinetry, we offer excellent basement remodeling services in order to ensure that you can make use of your basement space. While there is a lot that goes into your basement, it will increase your overall ROI (Return on Investment). Our experts are dedicated to providing you with the superior basement remodeling you need to improve your property. Contact us for more information on your new project today!