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Title: Create A Beautiful, Functional Living Space Out Of Basement

Create A Beautiful, Functional Living Space Out
Of Basement
  • Ideas for Revamping the Basement
  • The Steps for Basement Renovations
  • The Main Benefits Of Basement Renovations
  • The Major Basement Renovations
  • Should I Add a Game Room to the Basement?
  • Basement Renovation Checklist
  • Typical Challenges of Basement Renovations and
    What to Do About Them
  • 10 Must Do's to Beat Basement Blues

Ideas for Revamping the Basement
  • Turn it into personalized Home Theatre
  • Most persons are easily blown away by the
    prospect of visiting a cinema. If you are one of
    such persons, you have the opportunity of
    bringing that electrifying cinema experience to
    your home by simply transforming your basement
    into a home theatre. Apart from its enormous
    space advantage that is guaranteed of
    accommodating all of your audio and visual
    instruments, the basement also gives you a good
    soundproofing option for your home theatre.
  • Expanded Family Space
  • Are you part of a very large family that barely
    manages its living space? If yes, why not
    consider turning that basement beneath your home
    into an additional or an extended living space.
  • Elbow room (Wo)Man Cave
  • Have you heard of the elbow room concept? This is
    a room that is reserved for just Dad and his
    friends. It's a male-only zone most of the time.
    Here they get to relax and discuss in private far
    from the chaotic environment of kids running
    around or wives cutting in on their discussion.
    This is something you'll love to own in your home
    but its required space often makes the dream

Ideas for Revamping the Basement
  • Adult Wreck Room
  • Turning your basement into an adult wreck room
    where you and your wife can go and have a nice
    time is one other good idea for basement
    renovation. Your kids could barge into your room
    unannounced while you are in the middle of a
    great loving making romp with your wife. You
    won't want to see the reaction on their faces.
  • Getting Started!
  • Before setting out on your basement renovation
    work, you must bear in mind that building codes
    have to consider however that depends on your
    location and what you intend to transform your
    basement to. In addition, certain features like
    the basement wiring, plumbing, heating, and
    cooling are supposed to be seriously evaluated

The Steps for Basement Renovations
  • Framing
  • This involves erecting frames and building walls.
    Before putting up the frames makes sure the
    height of the basement is the right height. If
    not, the floor can be dug and reconstructed. In
    addition the frames strengthen the ceiling.
  • Electrical installation
  • The basement may need power and a proper electric
    installation can be beneficial. This installation
    may include plugs, lighting, and conditioners.
    Electrical installation has been considered the
    most expensive step in renovations of the
  • Plumbing
  • This step involves a lot of consultation from the
    professionals. To avoid trial and error or fixing
    pipes wrongly, a plumber can help out.

The Steps for Basement Renovations
  • Drywall
  • This step helps to cover all the above steps with
    a clean finishing. It may require you to get
    professional since the work is sensitive and may
    require specific tools. Also you will reduce
    chances of errors.
  • Painting
  • Next you have painting job for the basement. If
    you opt to do the painting yourself, purchase a
    roller. Rollers are better and fast to work with
    than brushes. You can also hire a professional
  • Floor
  • Finally the final phase is the floor. Once you
    have decided on the type of floor you prefer for
    the basement find a person with experience to do
    the work. The kind of renovation being done can
    also give the type of floor that is favourable.

The Main Benefits Of Basement Renovations
  • Clear space
  • Renovating the basement is like creating another
    room in your house. Since the basements are
    usually large spaces, remodelling will certainly
    increase the liveable space. Additionally when
    the renovation is complete the created space will
    decongest the house, thus clear space in the
    larger house.
  • Value of the Resale
  • Renovating your basement should not be the reason
    in order to resale the property. However
    renovations done have show to increase the value
    of the house. Additionally the type of
    remodelling done to your basement can greatly
    affect the price.
  • Hangout joint
  • The renovated basement can also act a place where
    the entire family leisurely hung out. For
    instance a movie theatre in the basement where
    the family hangout together and watch a movie.

The Main Benefits Of Basement Renovations
  • In expensive project
  • Basement renovations have an already build
    structure compared to the other renovations.
    Which in many cases may require erecting
    structures such as walls and ceilings?
  • Income
  • Generally, the type of idea you implement for
    your basement renovation can also provide you
    with an income. For example, you may decide to
    rent out the basement room and be receiving
  • Additionally you may install your workshop, or
    any other home-based business.
  • Maximizing living space
  • Removing the basement can be beneficial since it
    add you extra room to the house. The congestion
    is also minimized.

The Major Basement Renovations
  • Storage Room
  • The basement can act as a storage room and be
    renovated into a orderly clear room. Therefore
    the type of thing stored will determine storage
    facility. For instance, tools will require a
    different facility from files and books. Most
    people choose storage to create space in the
    other rooms.
  • Entertainment centre
  • This can be a game, movie, or recreational room
    for the family. Thus the type of entertainment
    desired by the owner can be installed in the
    basement. However the size of the basement can
    dictate the type of entertainment that can be
    installed. The most common types of
    entertainments include, children play room,
    play-station room, pool table, Movie Theatre, and
  • In addition, the space can be renovated and
    maximize the space thus accommodate more than one
    entertainment tool.

The Major Basement Renovations
  • Bedroom
  • Most of the basement converted to a bedroom is
    normally small in size. Hence best creates a
    resting space for visitor or a member of the
    family. The space is fully utilized and can
    accommodate compartments for keeping clothes and
    the bathroom.
  • Office
  • Renovating the space to an office is common for
    people who are looking for alone time to work on
    personal projects. Thus the basement serves as
    the correct space. Additionally the office comes
    with an organized library.
  • Bar and kitchen room
  • In addition to the common renovation, a bar and
    kitchen are installed. The bar can be created and
    have storage for drinks.
  • The ideas for renovation are diverse and can be
    customized to fit area of personal speculation.
    For instance some individual have converted their
    basement to a brewing plant.

Should I Add a Game Room to the Basement?
  • Will a Game Room fit into my Basement?
  • This is the first question you will need to ask
    yourself before embarking on the project.
    Answering this question should involve checking
    your basement for certain conditions like
    moisture, dust, rodents, termites etc. If your
    basement have these things you can get rid of
    them by engaging in a do-it-yourself process or
    get the services of professionals to address
    these issues
  • What type of Games will suit my basement?
  • This is another decision you have to make before
    undertaking the basement renovation. Bear in mind
    that, your choice has to depend upon the
    following features of the room layout, size,
    etc. There a lot of games that might fit
    perfectly to your basement such as Ping-Pong,
    Pool, you can also have a console game like Xbox,
    Sega, Playstation etc installed in your basement
    alongside a big screen television and a surround
    sound system.

Should I Add a Game Room to the Basement?
  • Pinball machines are also a nice game choice for
    your basement especially if you have kids in your
    home. Because they (kids) have an affinity for
    games of this nature. You can also consider games
    like air hockey or pool tables. Bear in mind
    that, more games in your basement translates to
    more fun for you, your household and guests.
  • As a game room, how comfortable will my basement
  • For you to be able to have fun and enjoy the
    games in your game room, you have to be
    guaranteed of optimum comfort while in your
    basement. After all, the whole idea of a game
    room was as a result of the quest for comfort.
    Therefore make it count by putting features in
    place that will make your basement comfortable.
    Put in place comfortable chairs and cushions that
    will accommodate and make you and your host
    comfortable. To make it more cozy by having a
    fridge in place and also make available snacks
    for persons who enjoy having it while playing

Basement Renovation Checklist
  • The height of your ceiling
  • The lowest that your ceiling can be should be 6.8
    feet high, and it should also have a headroom
    just below the top of the frame and the ductwork.
  • Make sure your walls, slabs and footings are in
    good condition
  • To enable you to achieve a good result with your
    basement renovation work, you have to be sure
    that your walls, slabs, and footings are in good
    conditions. Check for issues like cracks,
    crumbling and powdery mortar and concrete and get
    experts to address them.
  • Floors
  • If your foundation was built on a disturbed soil,
    you might at some point in time experience
    sinking and also the lifting up of your concrete
    floors. So you'll need to call in an expert to
    analyze and address the issue.

Basement Renovation Checklist
  • Check for harmful gasses
  • Before carrying out a basement renovation work,
    you have to as a matter of necessity get a
    professional to check for harmful gases(methane,
    radon etc) in your soil.
  • Check the humidity level
  • Undertaking this action is very important as
    excessive humidity is one of the most dreaded and
    harmful effects that can cause severe damage to
    your basement.
  • Pests
  • Fumigate your basement to keep it safe from the
    harmful effect of rodents and insects. These
    pests have the capability of causing severe
    damage to your basement.

Typical Challenges of Basement Renovations and
What to Do About Them
  • Challenge 1-Low Beams
  • The reason why basements have low lights is that
    the windows are often too low to get in contact
    with daylight. Therefore maximizing ceiling
    height becomes your only alternative to avoiding
    such occurrence but however achieving this is not
    an easy feat thanks to low beams or ductwork.
  • Challenge 2-Posts in Awkward Locations
  • When you have posts in awkward positions in your
    basement it ruins the beauty and convenience of
    the place. The fact is, posts are the shoulders
    on which the load of the entire structure is
    resting. Therefore what this implies is that you
    can't just remove them without an impact on the
    entire structure.
  • Challenge 3-Musty Smells in the Area
  • It's a well-documented fact that moist is one of
    the most dreaded and destructive factors of the
    basement, and it can be easily felt through the
    smell it exudes.
  • Challenge 4-Cracking in the Foundation Walls or
  • Cracking in foundation walls or floors are common
    things in buildings. This is because the
    structure is always exposed to different
    temperature and environmental condition which
    most times causes it to contract or expand. So
    when this happens to your building you might
    start to witness cases of moisture creeping into
    your basement.

10 Must Do's to Beat Basement Blues
  • Get a code in your head
  • Ensure that you adhere to the necessary statutory
    obligations especially your local building codes.
    Failure to adhere might result in you being
    slammed with a heavy fine. Therefore before going
    ahead with your basement remodel work ensure that
    you get the important "all clear" signal from the
    relevant authorities.
  • Keep it dry
  • The is nothing beautiful about a basement that
    leaks water. You don't want to be checking the
    weather channel frequently just because you are
    scared of the damage that a heavy downpour will
    do to your basement. To avoid this disaster, you
    have to ensure that you take necessary steps to
    check for clogged downspouts which could result
    to overflow of eaves and when this happens you
    will notice a pool around your foundation.
  • Raise the floor
  • Raising your floor and installation of a vapour
    barrier during basement renovation is one sure
    way of ensuring that the floor is kept warm, dry,
    and comfortable especially for family and
    visitors that love walking around on barefoot.
  • Use Suspended Ceiling Tiles.
  • In order to achieve a beautiful basement make use
    of the suspended ceiling tiles, it's far more
    alluring than having a drywall. The suspended
    tiles also come in handy because it can be easily
    pulled out whenever there is need arise to do
    plumbing or electrical works via the walls.
  • Avoid the vapours
  • Consider vapours as plagues that should be
    avoided by all means. Therefore this is why you
    have to make the installation of a vapour barrier
    an integrate part of your basement renovation.

10 Must Do's to Beat Basement Blues
  • Keep it warm with Baseboard heating.
  • Due to the location and nature of basements, they
    are arguably the coolest part of the entire
    house. So to keep it warm and conducive you have
    to install a heating system like the electric
    baseboard heating. The good thing about the
    electric baseboard heaters is the fact that, it's
    very easy to install and affordable too.
  • Light up with a Recessed lighting
  • Normally, basement are known for their creepy low
    light which is due to its location. During your
    basement renovation, you can light up the whole
    place by installing a recessed lighting.
  • Shoot some studs
  • Instead of subjecting yourself to the cruel
    effect of driving nails into walls with a hammer
    you can choose to have studs instead by using
    shotguns to fire the bullets into the walls.
  • Install furs
  • Installing high-grade metal furring strips on
    your basement walls will help your basement
    resist the damaging effects of moisture on your
    basement walls.
  • Go naked
  • Basement renovation is often times cooler when
    features like furnace, utility rooms are left out
    of the project. Therefore leave the basement
    surrounding bare and rather add a thrilling
    feature like a bar to it.

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