Before You Remodel Your Basement…

With the summer season, much of our focus has naturally been on our outside spaces, but with fall fast approaching it is time to shift our mindset when it comes to remodeling. If you are considering a base

ment remodel this fall or winter, here are some tips to consider before you start!!!

1) Assess The Foundation – Inspect your foundation before any work begins. Cracks, leaks, or patches of soft concrete are all indicators that you may need foundation repairs before proceeding with your project. Otherwise, all you are doing is covering a problem that can lead to serious structural damage to your home.

2) Take Care of Water Issues – Water is a basements worst enemy. It’s crucial to check for any signs of water damage that might have been caused by leaky pipes. Not only will fixing these pipes help prevent further damage to your foundation. but it can prevent mold from taking hold in your basement.

3) Look for Code Violations – Renovating your basement makes it a good time to ensure that your property is up to code. For example, egress windows in basements have been required only since the 1990’s, so many homes before then don’t have them. Including Egress Windows in your remodeling plans can save you the hassle of a fire code violation in the future.

4) Think about your Ceiling – Basement ceilings in many homes built 20 or more years ago might not be high enough for your comfort. those homes were built before modern fire codes were established. If you are thinking about raising your ceiling as part of your finishing project, consult with your contractor to learn whether it is feasible. Also, consider a drop ceiling to allow access for plumbing and electrical lines that may run along your basement’s ceiling.

5) Don’t Skip on Insulation – Just because many basements are cold & drafty doesn’t mean they are supposed to be that way. Ensure that your finished basement is properly insulated. This is important for comfort as well as energy efficiency. When your home has more insulation – especially in traditionally drafty places such as a basement – it wastes less energy and you spend less on energy bills.

6) Think about your plans – After dealing with the essentials, it’s time to determine how your finished basement will come together. You may have specific ideas about how you want to use your finished basement. However, it is a good idea to allow for some flexibility, in case situations change in the future. For example, you may want to include a full bathroom in case in-laws or other relatives move in with you in the future.