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Is Refinishing Your Basement Worth the Cost? How To Warm And Cool A Finished Basement. 4 Awesome Basement Renovation Ideas. 9 Fantastic Basement Renovation Ideas. Heating the Floors in Your Basement: Your 3 Options. Deciding on Drop Ceilings or Drywall for Your Basement Ceiling. 6 Awe-Inspiring Design Ideas for Your Basement Renovation. 4 Intelligent Benefits of Renovating a Basement. Safety Concerns to Consider When Renovating Your Basement. Consider Adding Windows to Finished Basement. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Basement Renovations Improve Your Home, Improve Your Life

Basement Renovations Improve Your Home, Improve
Your Life
  • Is Refinishing Your Basement Worth the Cost?
  • How To Warm And Cool A Finished Basement
  • 4 Awesome Basement Renovation Ideas
  • 9 Fantastic Basement Renovation Ideas
  • Heating the Floors in Your Basement Your 3
  • Deciding on Drop Ceilings or Drywall for Your
    Basement Ceiling
  • 6 Awe-Inspiring Design Ideas for Your Basement
  • 4 Intelligent Benefits of Renovating a Basement
  • Safety Concerns to Consider When Renovating Your
  • Consider Adding Windows to Finished Basement

Is Refinishing Your Basement Worth the Cost?
  • Will a Basement Remodel Retain its Value at
  • Every year Remodeling Magazine puts together a
    Cost vs. Value report for remodeling projects.
    One of the projects included in that 2016 report
    was a basement remodel and in that report it
    showed that the project retains approximately
    70.4 of its value during resale. Thats an
    excellent figure for a remodel project and it
    shows that you can invest a serious amount of
    cash into your home basement without losing it
    all if you decide to sell your home later on.
  • A Cost Effective Option
  • A basement remodel is one of the most cost
    effective enhancements that you can make to your
    home. It retains more of its value than adding a
    two-story addition, a bathroom remodel, a kitchen
    remodel or adding on a variety of rooms. If
    youre looking for a way to get the most out of
    your home, with a reasonable investment, there
    are few options that are as good as finishing up
    a basement as long as you have the space for it.
    If youre thinking of putting an addition on your
    home, or doing another remodeling project that
    you could do in the basement instead, you would
    be better off making the modifications to your
    basement if you can.

How To Warm And Cool A Finished Basement
  • Upgrade Your Current System
  • If you have an older furnace, or you dont like
    the quality of your furnace that much, you will
    probably just want to go ahead and upgrade it to
    the capacity that you need to warm your basement
    as well. Make sure that you hire professionals to
    come in and size out your home properly for the
    furnace change, so that you can get just the
    right amount of power to keep your home running
    smoothly and to give you all the horsepower you
    need for nice warm conditions throughout the
    year. Upgrading your existing furnace system is a
    desirable choice in some situations, but if you
    just had a new furnace put in, chances are good
    you wont want to replace it for your basement,
    instead youll want to add on a supplementary
  • Adding on Another System
  • Sometimes it just makes more sense to add another
    heating and cooling system to your home for the
    basement itself. This comes with a few different
    benefits. The first is that you can set your
    heating and cooling levels independently of one
    another, meaning that you dont have to keep that
    finished basement space as warm as the rest of
    your home if you dont want to, and you can
    adjust down the temperatures if the area isnt
    being used that often. Not only that, but you can
    go with a ductless system in your basement and
    minimize the amount of additional ducts that must
    be run for your space to work properly.
  • A mini split unit is often the option of choice
    when it comes to adding heating and cooling to a
    basement. You can add one or more of these units
    to your space and forget all about ducts and a
    bunch of extra work that comes with most other
    heating systems. Theyre simple to install and
    highly efficient as well.

4 Awesome Basement Renovation Ideas
  • Playful and Creative Kid-Friendly Area
  • If there are children in your home, they likely
    play inside of your home on most days. In the
    majority of cases, kids leave any room they play
    in a mess. If you are like many parents, you
    often worry that certain items will break or
    walls colored on, wanting to have an alternative
    play area provided for them. You can easily
    transform your basement into a roomy, creative,
    and playful kid-friendly area.
  • Organized and Large Laundry Room
  • Nobody can deny the importance and desire of
    having a large space to complete their laundry.
    Having a cheerful and roomy laundry room area,
    not only allows you to enjoy significant
    convenience but it also helps motivate you to
    complete this chore.
  • Relaxing Family Room
  • Create a relaxing family room by renovating your
    basement. This will allow your family to not only
    relax but bond as well. A transformation such as
    this adds valuable living space to your house,
    which may increase your properties value.
  • Area for Entertaining
  • For those of you who entertain often, additional
    space can be helpful to ensure a joyful time.
    This unused area can be remodeled, making sure to
    add a bar and kitchenette in your basement. You
    can change it into a comfortable home theater
    room, installing a projector, speakers, and a
    cushy couch.

9 Fantastic Basement Renovation Ideas
  • Childrens Area
  • To ensure the children do not interrupt you while
    you are enjoying some relaxing time in your
    renovated basement, section-off a fraction of it.
    Make sure to measure an area spacious enough for
    their favorite games and toys. Design a kids
    area as a place they can do what they enjoy best,
    be it Pokémon or dolls.
  • Game Area
  • Transform your basement into a stimulating game
    room complete with all your familys favorites,
    such as shuffleboard, air hockey, ping pong, and
    pinball machines. A game area can be enjoyed by
    everyone in the family and is a wonderful place
    for parties.
  • Kitchen Space
  • Another area in your basement that can be
    appreciated by your entire family is a kitchen.
    This kitchen space can be completed with oven,
    stove, microwave, refrigerator, and sink. Create
    a pantry to store food and snacks used to prepare
    all your families favorite dishes.
  • Media Center
  • Add a big 4K television, Blu-ray player, DVD
    player, speakers, stereo system for the whole
    family entertained. Include comfortable
    furnishings such as plush sofas and chairs, the
    table used to place food and drinks, as well as
    additional seating for unexpected guests.

9 Fantastic Basement Renovation Ideas
  • Steam Room
  • A steam room or spa is a terrific way to relax
    after a long days word. Also, the value can be
    added to your home as well. Numerous home
    improvement stores have the capability of
    building either a sauna or steam room.
  • Workshop Area
  • If you take pleasure in word working or perhaps
    another hobby or craft, consider adding a special
    area dedicated to working on these projects.
    Whether it is with worktables and shelves for
    materials or a cozy space for sewing or
    scrapbooking, be sure to add a table and chairs
    and add a closet used to store equipment.
  • Health and Beauty Center
  • Transform your basement into a health and beauty
    center complete with massage tables, exercise
    machines, and shower stalls. Also, to do make-up
    and hair set up a vanity area as well.
  • Wine Cellar
  • I any adults in your home are a wine aficionado,
    create a built-in wine cellar to ensure your
    favorite stock is always readily available and
    refrigerated properly. Perfect for a fine drink
    with your loved one or when guests come for a
  • Main Themes
  • Consider the main theme for your basement. If you
    are boating fanatic, think maritime. If the great
    outdoors brings you pleasure, consider using
    earth tones, many plants, and the proper artwork.
    Ideas for main themes are endless.

Heating the Floors in Your Basement Your 3
  • Hydronic Floor Heating
  • A hydronic heating system relies on narrow pipes
    and hot water to warm up the basement. Youll
    enjoy nice even heat from the floors of your home
    throughout the day that keep the space feeling
    comfortable and make the floors very enjoyable to
    walk on. The system uses a large boiler that
    maintains the temperature of the water to keep
    your floors at the optimal temperature at all
    times. This flooring option must be installed by
    professionals and it isnt cheap, but the right
    system can give you excellent control of the
    temperature of individual rooms and help make
    your basement very enjoyable to be in indeed.
  • Electric Radiant Heat
  • Another way to heat up those floors in your
    basement is through electric radiant floor
    heating. This type of heating system is super
    thin, and can be installed under most types of
    flooring. Its a series of wirers that are put
    underneath the floor all around the room. These
    special wire systems rely on electricity to warm
    up and give heat off to the rest of the room in
    the process. They work really quickly and you can
    adjust them to provide heat when you need it.
    They are often paired with solar panels for more
    cost-effective heating throughout the year.
  • Heating Mats
  • Floor heating mats are another electric-based
    option that is designed for simplicity. These
    mats are simply installed underneath the flooring
    in the room, and there temperature can be
    adjusted with a thermostat. They are very thin
    and simple to put in, and they put out a whole
    lot of heat into your space. These mats arent
    very cheap, but they work well and can be put in
    quickly, making them an ideal solution for your

Deciding on Drop Ceilings or Drywall for Your
Basement Ceiling
  • Benefits of a Drop Ceiling
  • The main reason homeowners and business owners
    rely on this type of ceiling is to provide
    convenient access to the ceiling and all the
    components of that space. With drywall you have
    to cut away the ceiling to get to pipes and other
    fixtures, and for many people this isnt ideal.
    Work takes longer and becomes more expensive if
    you run into any issues. A drop ceiling also
    creates a more intricate pattern on the ceiling
    as compared to drywall, which can make things
    look more interesting.
  • Benefits of Drywall Ceiling
  • While drop ceilings have long been the ceiling
    option of choice in finished basements, they are
    becoming much less popular over time. Thats
    because they look outdated and often less
    attractive than drywall alternatives. Not only
    that, but they take away some of the precious
    height in your basement. Drywall is low profile
    and leaves you with as much height as possible in
    your home. That means that you can create the
    tallest basement possible with drywall. A good
    drywall ceiling also looks more modern than a
    drop ceiling, which is a nice benefit to
    homeowners that are trying to update their space
    as much as possible.

Deciding on Drop Ceilings or Drywall for Your
Basement Ceiling
  • Choosing the Right Option
  • Theres no right or wrong option for how you want
    to finish out your ceiling, only the option that
    you favor the most. Make sure that you are taking
    the time to choose the option that you like the
    best for your homes ceiling. Dont rush to make
    a decision, and take some time to really think
    about the pros and cons of both finishing methods
    when you are looking at your basement. If you
    arent sure what you should do, take the time to
    consider both options and try to look at
    basements that have been finished each way as
    well so you can decide which one you like the
    best overall. Only by comparing the options in
    person should you be able to tell for sure which
    one you like the best out of them all.
  • Working with Professionals
  • No matter what option you choose for your
    basements ceiling, its vital that you take the
    time to really consider which is going to be best
    for you and how you can get the most out of your
    space. Talk with professionals about which is
    going to work well for you, and also ask for
    quotes for the two options. You should never make
    a final decision until after talking with
    professionals, because they can provide you with
    some insight that you might not have even
    considered in the first place.

6 Awe-Inspiring Design Ideas for Your Basement
  • Additional Bedroom and Guest Room
  • An extra bedroom is always useful in any house.
    Whether your family is growing and an extra
    bedroom is needed, or family and friends often
    visit from out of town making a guest room
    essential, an additional room is necessary.
    Consider a roomy closet space, a reading nook,
    and an adjacent bathroom. Neutral tones are great
    for everyone.
  • Fun-Filled Game Room
  • Growing families or ones with older children can
    benefit from a game room. This space can provide
    an area great for entertaining. Consider a
    functional game room by also having a half bath,
    kitchenette, in additions to a comfortable
    selection of seating, and an entertainment center
    for video games and movies. Depending on the size
    of your space, consider table tennis, ski-doo, or
    table hockey.
  • Music Area
  • Are any aspiring musicians residing in your home?
    A basement renovation can create an area where
    jam sessions can take place. Install plenty of
    shelving and storage for equipment and
    instruments. If possible, design a music area
    with soundproof walls as well as flooring to
    ensure peace is maintained.

6 Awe-Inspiring Design Ideas for Your Basement
  • Home Office Space
  • Many people today have decided to ditch the five
    oclock traffic and stress associated with
    driving to and from work, by beginning to work
    from home. Renovating a basement to provide you
    with a peaceful, cozy office where you can work
    comfortably is a perfect idea that you will be
    thankful for. Be sure to include powerful task
    lighting, bookshelves, a built-in desk, and
    proper wiring to connect all your technical
    devices. You will wish your basement was
    renovated years ago.
  • Creative Art Studio
  • Do you enjoy painting, drawing, or crafting?
    Transform your basement into a spacious crafting
    space or art studio complete with big
    workstations, custom storage, and ample task
    lighting. No matter your hobby, a remodeled
    basement provides versatility, functionality, and
    a designated place for anything and everything
    needed to fulfill your artistic talent.
  • Custom Storage Space
  • Taking an unfinished basement and remodeling it
    to enhance your homes storage spaces is the very
    least you can do. This is a very affordable
    option and everyone can use a little more
    organizing. Consider open shelving and custom
    built-ins, allowing you to use every inch of
    space even the area located under the stairwell
    in the basement.

4 Intelligent Benefits of Renovating a Basement
  • Adding an Additional Bedroom
  • Homeowners can increase the square footage of
    their home with basement renovations. By
    finishing their basement space, they can possibly
    add one or more additional bedrooms to their
  • Adding an Additional Bathroom
  • Rather having only one bathroom, having a
    two-bathroom home can be appealing to those in
    the market for a new home. Of course, adding a
    bathroom to your basement requires more than just
    drywall making is costlier.
  • Property Value Increased
  • Renovating a basement will increase the value of
    your investment property. This is considered a
    great return even though it is possibly not
    considered livable square footage by Market
    Listing Service.
  • Income Property
  • Whether you have plans to quickly sell an
    investment property or maintain it as a
    multifamily, you can add a rental unit with
    basement renovation. This is dependent on zoning
    department approval in your area, however.

Safety Concerns to Consider When Renovating Your
  • Lighting
  • First, a light must be installed at the top of
    the stairway, if one is not located there
    already. You may not have considered this because
    newer homes tend to have one, but many of the
    older homes have never had this necessary feature
    installed. Installing this needed light is an
    easy fix for a licensed electrician. Also, while
    considering lighting, it is a good idea to
    install a light switch at the base of the
    stairwell to help make it easier to shut the
    lights off when needed, such as when you are
    watching a movie. Furthermore, to turn the lights
    bask on to ensure safety while walking back up
    the stairs case. These are safety measures that
    are often overlooked.
  • Black Mold and Waterproofing
  • Often times, basements produce condensation, they
    leak, and flood which can result in a buildup of
    mold in addition to other allergens that may
    affect those who reside in the home. Once the
    mold is allowed to spawn and inhabit a location,
    it can easily spread throughout the basement if
    not monitored properly.

Safety Concerns to Consider When Renovating Your
  • The homes air quality in the home can be a factor
    of childhood asthma. Regularly changing HVAC
    filters and professionally cleaning air ducts are
    necessary steps, however, if your basement is
    dank and wet, general house mold and black mold
    may become impossible to fight if you neglect to
    waterproof your basements as well as removing any
  • Windows and Window Wells
  • To allow people to escape should there be a fire,
    basement windows must be a certain height. To
    ensure people can get out easy at all times, a
    safe and smart renovation of your basement should
    include contractors digging around areas located
    around all basement windows so to allow larger
    sized windows to be installed in your basement.
    With todays new home, these window wells are
    standard. Usually, the tops of window wells have
    removable window well covers attached to them to
    keep pets and debris from falling. In addition to
    being a useful safety feature, window wells also
    help to create natural light.

Consider Adding Windows to Finished Basement
  • How Can You Add Full Sized Windows?
  • Its entirely possible to add full sized windows
    to your basement, they are known as egress
    windows. Even if your basement is fully
    underground you can have these large windows put
    in, and they will draw in sunlight from outside
    while offering some fresh air as well. These
    windows come with large holes in your yard around
    your home that are often dug out with staircases
    and other additions to make them accessible.
    These holes or bays are designed to draw in
    sunlight and to make it possible to climb up out
    of the basement if you need to in case of an
    emergency. Egress windows arent cheap to add,
    but they are an important enhancement for a
    basement environment that you want to dress up as
    much as possible, or that you want to turn into
    an actual living space.

Consider Adding Windows to Finished Basement
  • The Benefits of Basement Windows
  • Egress windows can transform a stuffy basement
    space into a truly open and airy place to be. Not
    only can these windows often be utilized to draw
    in fresh air throughout the year, but they bring
    in natural light, help create a healthier living
    space down in the basement, and they make your
    area more welcoming and enjoyable to be in.
  • Basement Bedroom Windows
  • If you plan on making your finished basement into
    a bedroom space, or an area where anyone will
    sleep, its vital that you have safe exit options
    for that person. Egress windows are mandatory in
    that instance. These large windows open up and
    provide you with a way to crawl out if the house
    catches on fire and you are trapped down in the
    basement. Not only are they a good way to
    brighten up your basement space, but they are
    excellent for safety purposes as well, which is a
    valid consideration for you to make as a
    homeowner looking into finishing your basement.

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