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Title: All About Basement Finishing


1
Basement Finishing
  • Let Your Finished Basement Ideas Come To Life

2
Synopsis
  • Things You Need To Do Before Starting on Your
    Basement Finishing
  • Low-Cost Basement Finishing Ideas
  • Getting the Best Value for Money When Going for
    Basement Finishing or Remodeling
  • 10 Important Things To Consider Before Starting
    On Your Finished Basement
  • How Basement Finishing Experts Can Warm Up Your
    Basement
  • Why It Is Important to Select the Most
    Experienced Basement Finishing Expert?
  • Why Avoid General Contractors for Basement
    Finishing?
  • Important Things to Do When Hiring a Contractor
    for Basement Finishing

3
Things You Need To Do Before Starting on Your
Basement Finishing
  • Declutter your basement
  • Donate or sell everything you havent used in a
    year, and throw away those broken objects that
    you know you will never repair.
  • Make a plan for your basement
  • When planning your basement finishing consider
    the purposes of your remodeling.
  • Find out about required permits
  • Many people often refinish their basements
    skipping licenses and taxes increases associated
    with an expanded house. However, thats a big
    mistake.
  • Electricity and plumbing installations need
    separate inspections and approval.
  • Check drainage
  • You certainly wont enjoy having to walk through
    a cellar covered by a few inches of accumulated
    water.
  • Consider fumigating your basement
  • Get rid of spiders, ants, termites or any bugs
    that might be inhabiting your basement before
    remodeling it.
  • Consider weather insulation
  • And dont forget about noise insulation if you
    will use it.

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Low-Cost Basement Finishing Ideas
  • Cheap Flooring
  • Stained concrete is among the cheapest. What
    about stencilled flooring? You could create
    amazing colourful mosaics using beer bottle caps.
    Do you like wood? Use pallets for your floor
    lining.
  • Low-cost Wall Finishing
  • Wood pallets can be used to create cozy walls.
    Simply dont overdo it if you used pallets on the
    floors. Painted concrete blocks can make great
    walls.
  • Painting one wall with chalkboard paint is a very
    good idea that will look beautiful in a playroom,
    an art studio or on a kitchen wall.
  • For an industrial and modern look, you could use
    corrugated metal paneling on any of your walls or
    You could cover a whole wall with a mirror!

5
Getting the Best Value for Money When Going for
Basement Finishing or Remodeling
  • Be sure to conduct some research and shortlist a
    few contractors before finalizing your decision.
    Interview them and ask them all for quotes.
    Compare their quotes considering what they have
    included in their offer. Be sure to check the
    rates they give in conjunction with their overall
    reputation in the industry. Do not try to cut
    corners here or you may end up hiring someone who
    is cheap but is not a specialist in basement
    finishing.
  • Decide only after inquiring about the materials
    they are going to use. This is especially
    important if you are interested in remodeling
    your basement. Some contractors can offer low
    prices because they use inexpensive materials to
    remodel. Keep in mind that low-cost materials,
    such as paper-faced drywall, wood studs,
    fiberglass insulation, and plywood sheathing will
    not work great in a typical basement. These
    materials can absorb moisture and leave you with
    a damp, dirty, and moldy basement. Therefore, do
    not pay attention to the quote alone, but also
    consider what is included in the offer.

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10 Important Things To Consider Before Starting
On Your Finished Basement
  1. Check if you need any permits from your local
    municipality.
  2. Check for humidity.
  3. Check the outside to verify the ground is not
    affecting your foundation.
  4. Find if there are any cracks in your foundations
    wall that need to be repaired.
  5. Think of adding a vapour barrier to floors and
    walls before framing and finishing such surfaces.
  6. You will most likely need a fastener and anchors
    for your wall type, or a regular nail or screw.
  7. Even with a vapour barrier, it is suggested to
    add thin slats of metal or wood to the wall.
  8. Dont neglect insulation.
  9. Consider using suspending ceiling, such as
    removable tiles.
  10. Theres some utility space you should better keep
    unfinished, such as where water heaters are.

7
How Basement Finishing Experts Can Warm Up Your
Basement
  • The professionals may help dry up your space
    first. Whether you do any finishing work on your
    own or you call in a pro, it is important to dry
    up your wet or damp basement. In order to correct
    the water problems, you will have to look for the
    root cause first. In most cases, grading the soil
    in a way that the water flows away from the
    foundation of your property will help resolve the
    issue. Sometimes, repairing or adding downspouts
    and gutters may help as well. If the issue
    persists, you may have to think of waterproofing
    the walls. It will certainly take some effort to
    fix your wet basement, but a professional can
    help here and prevent a moldy basement.
  • Professionals will help you understand the
    importance of sealing the rim joists, especially
    if your goal is to make your basement more energy
    efficient. You need to insulate these joists and
    seal them correctly. Some professionals may seal
    them with rigid insulation. Others may have some
    different strategies, but they will all ensure
    that rim joists are insulated properly to prevent
    any energy loss.

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How Basement Finishing Experts Can Warm Up Your
Basement
  • Some pros may also recommend installing drainage
    mats if you want a drier, warmer floor. In most
    cases, you can use plastic drainage mats, but
    dimple mats also work great because they do not
    restrict the flow of air under the flooring.
    Having these mats installed is a great idea
    because they provide another layer of insulation
    to prevent any energy loss.
  • Lighting plays a big role in basement finishing.
    Professionals can give right suggestions here.
    They may recommend the use of different types of
    lighting. You can have lighting fixtures for
    general illumination and you can also have some
    dimmer switches added to control how much light
    you want. You can also go with ceiling fixtures,
    recessed can lights, and even fluorescent pillow
    lights.
  • Professionals may also make use of heating cables
    to help warm up cold floors. This step alone can
    help turn your cold basement into a dry, warm,
    and inviting space.

9
Why It Is Important to Select the Most
Experienced Basement Finishing Expert?
  • Hiring an experienced contractor is also a good
    idea because they will have complete knowledge of
    building codes in your local area. This will
    prevent any serious problems after you have
    started finishing or remodeling your basement.
    Moreover, their experience will help them
    determine the best strategy to make your basement
    look exactly the way you have imagined. They will
    also be in a better position to find a design for
    your basement that is consisted with the rest of
    your home. Their experience will make it easier
    for them to make everything look inviting and
    fascinating with the right use of lighting and
    other equipment.
  • It is also important to point out that you should
    be hiring an experienced contractor because they
    will have a good idea of what materials to use.
    For instance, a general contractor might insist
    on installing drywall for the ceilings and walls
    and go with a carpet for the floor, whereas an
    experienced contractor would never make this
    mistake because this would lead to sagging
    ceilings, moldy drywall, and musty smells.

10
Why Avoid General Contractors for Basement
Finishing?
  • They Make Wrong Material Choices
  • The thing they usually do not realize is that the
    environment of a basement is different from the
    rest of the house, which is why it requires
    different building materials.
  • Similarly, general contractors usually recommend
    installing carpeting on a concrete basement
    floor, which is never a good idea.
  • They are Less Reliable in Every Way
  • A general contractor may work amazingly well in
    any other area of your house, but they may fail
    to deliver the same level of satisfaction when
    taking care of basement finishing. This is mainly
    due to their lack of experience. Moreover, the
    estimated cost and time they give will not be as
    reliable as given by someone who specializes in
    basement finishing. In fact, you should expect
    more than 10 cost overrun by the end of your
    project. This is another reason why you need to
    avoid hiring a general contractor for basement
    specific job.

11
Important Things to Do When Hiring a Contractor
for Basement Finishing
  • Be Ready to Compare Quotes
  • You will be better off asking multiple
    contractors for quotes. Keep in mind that the
    amount of money you end up spending on your
    basement depends heavily on what you want done. A
    typical refinishing job may not cost a lot, but
    you will have to spend more when you want to
    remodel your basement.
  • Make No Compromises over Experience
  • Hire a specialist for basement finishing because
    of their extensive knowledge of regulations and
    codes that you have to follow when remodeling or
    finishing your basement. Someone with little
    experience can always make a serious mistake that
    would cost you a lot.

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