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1. Making Your Basement Into an Entertaining Space. 2. Room Conversion Ideas for Your Basement. 3. Ideal Colors to Use for Your Basement Renovations. 4. Things to Consider When Finishing Your Basement. 5. Selecting the Furniture for Your Basement. 6. Giving Your Basement a Few Finishing Touches. 7. DIY Tips for Remodeling Your Basement. 8. How to Change Your Basement Into a Bedroom. 9. How to Finish the Floors In Your Basement 10.Finishing the Walls, Ceilings and Windows In Your Basement. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Consider These Basement Finishing Tips

Consider These Basement Finishing Tips
  1. Making Your Basement Into an Entertaining Space
  2. Room Conversion Ideas for Your Basement
  3. Ideal Colors to Use for Your Basement Renovations
  4. Things to Consider When Finishing Your Basement
  5. Selecting the Furniture for Your Basement
  6. Giving Your Basement a Few Finishing Touches
  7. DIY Tips for Remodeling Your Basement
  8. How to Change Your Basement Into a Bedroom
  9. How to Finish the Floors In Your Basement
  10. Finishing the Walls, Ceilings and Windows In Your

Making Your Basement Into an Entertaining Space
  • If youll be using the entertainment area to
    watch movies or sports games, its a good idea to
    install a mini bar or kitchenette in the
    basement. There are some elements of this that
    you can do yourself, such as finding the right
    materials for cabinets and finishing the surfaces
    of drawers, but its probably best to hire a
    contractor to handle this task for you. Depending
    on how large your basement is, you may want to
    include a refrigerator or sink that isnt as
    large as the ones in your main kitchen, but you
    may still want these appliances to coordinate
    with the ones in your larger kitchen. Work with a
    construction professional to build shelves to
    hold food or quality beverages, or to have a
    microwave or small oven installed in the basement
    in a way that is safe and in keeping with the
    rest of the wiring in your house.

Room Conversion Ideas for Your Basement
  • When it comes to remodeling the basement, post
    installation and stair railing are important
    parts of the project. These redesign elements are
    fairly simple, and you may be able to do it
    yourself if you have a finish nailer and some
    quality wood glue. If youre installing new
    railing for the remodel project, some careful
    planning to help you complete the project
    efficiently. If youve got large furniture pieces
    that you want to include in the basement, dont
    build the railings right away. Bring the large
    pieces into the basement space first so that you
    wont have a more difficult time getting
    furniture into the basement space.
  • Its also a great idea to add carpeting if the
    basement is significantly colder than the rest of
    the home. Quality carpet is best, so if you have
    to adjust your remodel completion timeline to
    make sure that you get the right carpet, know
    that the adjustment will be well worth it in the
    long run. Quality carpet helps to insulate the
    room and make it comfortable to walk in the
    space. This is essential if the basement will be
    converted into a bedroom, since a room that is
    too cold can be very uncomfortable to sleep in
    and could lead to health issues.

Ideal Colors to Use for Your Basement Renovations
  • Neutral hues like tan and brown are ideal if
    youre going to use the basement for more than
    one purpose. If the basement will be an
    additional den, a tan wall makes it easier for
    you to change the furniture in the basement as
    often as you want, since the sofas and chairs
    that you select will always coordinate with the
    walls. This is also true if the basement will be
    a guest bedroom. Tan or medium brown walls give
    you lots of options when you want to change the
    bedding or furniture in the bedroom space. You
    can make the space more attractive by painting
    the molding or siding in a gold or bronze color.
  • If youre turning the basement into a childrens
    play area, its perfectly fine to play with
    brighter colors. A bold shade of blue or green is
    ideal for the walls, and can make your children
    feel safe and inspired to learn when they step
    into the room. If you want to use yellow, this
    color can promote excitement, so a medium or
    light variation of this color is best. Reds and
    oranges are also great colors to use for an
    indoor playground.
  • If youre a fan of purple and have lots of
    furniture and decorative pieces that will
    coordinate with this hue, purple walls are a
    beautiful choice for the basement. Purple is a
    symbol of royalty, but can also symbolize balance
    since purple is a mixture of blue (a cool color)
    and red (a warm color). A light shade of purple
    can work well if youre decorating a bedroom in
    the basement, since you use both silver and gold
    furniture accents in the room. A deep shade of
    purple like eggplant is a great choice if youre
    using other jewel tones like hunter green and
    ruby in your furniture, drapes or throw pillows.

Things to Consider When Finishing Your Basement
  • Make sure there are no water issues in the
    basement before you start building. Drips coming
    through the walls or small pools of water in
    various areas of the basement are a sign that
    there is leakage somewhere. Look outside to
    ensure that the ground and foundation are not wet
    or contain openings that could lead to water
    damage. Ask a plumber and contractor to help you
    get rid of these issues before you add anything
    else to the basement space.
  • You should also be aware of building codes before
    you begin the basement renovation process. Check
    with your city and county to see if you need
    permits to do any construction projects in your
    basement. This is essential if youre doing
    electrical or plumbing work in this area of your
    home, so youll need to have an inspector come
    out and make sure everything is up to code.
  • Once youve decided to finish your basement,
    youll need to think about the fasteners in the
    floors and walls of the space. In most cases,
    these parts of the basement are created from
    block, masonry, cement or brick, which means that
    youll need more than a hammer and nails when
    youre attaching the framing for the walls and/or
    windows. It may be best to rent a fastener that
    is power-actuated, or to hire a contractor who is
    experienced in this area of work to complete this
    part of the project for you.

Things to Consider When Finishing Your Basement
  • Making sure the air is clear and clean in your
    basement should also be a priority. After you
    take care of any water issues, theres still the
    possibility that your basement could be
    significantly more damp than the rest of your
    home. Add a vapor barrier between the floors and
    walls before you start framing and finishes these
    areas to make sure that moisture doesnt get
    trapped and cause mold, mildew and damage.
  • Finally, ensure that you have an offset space
    even after you create the vapor barrier. This is
    because moisture could still be a problem,
    especially if you live in areas that rain a lot.
    Make an offset from the outside wall of your
    basement by adding metal or wood slats that can
    make the wall more level. Its also best to keep
    out the cold air and welcome the warmth in so
    that the basement space will be comfortable for
    you and your loved ones to spend time in.
    Insulation is required for this, so check your
    local codes to ensure that youre in keeping with
    the regulations in your area.

Selecting the Furniture for Your Basement
  • Sofas and sectionals are a great choice if you
    will be entertaining friends and loved ones in
    the basement space. This type of furniture
    provides lots of comfortable places for everyone
    to sit, especially if you purchase a sectional
    with seats that recline. You can also decorate
    the sofas with throw pillows and blankets that
    coordinate with the main living room. Of course,
    if youre going with a completely different color
    scheme for the basement, your sofa accents can
    coordinate with your new decorations.
  • Rocking chairs and antique sitting chairs make
    great additions to your basement if youre
    turning the area into a library or guest bedroom.
    If youve added certain elements like the windows
    or flooring to the basement yourself, you may
    want to take on the task of finishing or
    repurposing the chairs. Sanding a rocking chair
    that is made from wood or repainting the chair to
    match the colors that youre using to decorate
    the basement adds a customized element to the
    space. You can also finish the rocking chair or
    borders of a chaise or reading chair to match the
    color of the engineered wood or hardwood floors
    in the basement. Adding the same finishing
    products or sealant to the furniture that you
    used for the floors can also make the space more

Selecting the Furniture for Your Basement
  • If the basement will serve as a home office, an
    antique desk that coordinates with the furniture
    or wood flooring youve chosen can give the
    basement a professional look that will motivate
    you to complete important tasks. A coordinating
    bookshelf is a good furniture choice for this
    type of space as well, or you can work with a
    contractor to have shelves installed on the walls
    to be more space-efficient. Shelf installation is
    also a project you may want to take on yourself.
    If you build shelves that go from the floor to
    the ceiling, you can make the walls appear
  • If youre using the basement as a playroom or
    entertainment area for children, oversized
    pillows and bean bags are a practical and
    comfortable addition to the basement as well.
    These provide seating that is closer to the
    floor, which could reduce the chances that your
    kids will injure themselves jumping off of
    furniture that is positioned off the ground. The
    bean bags or pillows can also provide a bit of
    insulation and a soft surface for sitting if
    youve used concrete or vinyl for the floors.

Giving Your Basement a Few Finishing Touches
  • If you have lots of pipes and plumbing lines on
    the ceiling of your basement, its best to get a
    drop ceiling. This hides all the pipes and gives
    the room a neater look, and there are lots of
    design options available depending on the type of
    look you want. Drop ceilings cut down on overhead
    space, however, so consider this when youre
    getting estimates for this part of the basement.
  • Recessed lighting is another great finishing
    touch to keep in mind. This type of lighting
    doesnt take up as much space as a traditional
    light fixture, and if you have a drop ceiling,
    recessed lighting is easy to install. This makes
    it an affordable option, since you can take this
    on as a DIY project instead of having to hire a
    contractor. Lightbulbs in the color of your
    choice are another way to customize the space.
    For instance, blue lights can improve
    concentration, while lights with a tinge of red
    evoke excitement.

Giving Your Basement a Few Finishing Touches
  • Remember that hot air rises, so install some
    heating vents in the baseboards. Just make sure
    the installation is in keeping with your homes
    HVAC system. Once the basement is finished, you
    dont want the majority of the warm air in the
    room to come from space heaters, since this could
    be expensive and a safety hazard.
  • Its also important to keep in mind that the
    utility room section of the basement doesnt need
    to be furnished. This is the space where the
    water heaters and HVAC units are, so the space
    should be clean and open so that you can access
    it easily. Furniture in these areas or too close
    to these spaces could be a safety hazard, and the
    utility room has code requirements when it comes
    to framing and spacing. The area should also be
    open when you have to undergo inspections or need
    to get repairs. A small curtain or partition to
    make sure that the HVAC unit and water heater are
    not tampered with may also be a smart option.

DIY Tips for Remodeling Your Basement
  • You may know that you want to paint the walls or
    add carpeting to the basement, but you should
    also think about your primary use for the
    basement. If the basement will become a spare
    bedroom, you may want to insulate the windows and
    paint the walls a neutral color. If the basement
    will be converted into a playroom, a bright color
    for the walls is ideal.
  • Its also important to avoid certain construction
    mistakes when youre remodeling the basement. For
    instance, avoid a drop ceiling in the basement.
    This makes the basement area feel cheaper than
    the other parts of your home, so its best to
    decorate the basement in a way that is consistent
    with the rest of your house. A drop ceiling also
    makes the basement feel smaller, and this can
    defeat the purpose of remodeling, since youre
    renovating the space to make your home feel more
    spacious. Keep this in mind if you will be
    particularly active in the basement, i.e.
    building a mini bar or kitchen in the basement so
    you wont always have to go the main kitchen when
    you want a snack or beverage.

DIY Tips for Remodeling Your Basement
  • Built-in storage is also a great idea when youre
    remodeling the basement. Built-in shelves and
    designated areas for storage will help to make
    the space neater without taking up too much
    space. If you build shelves into the wall, you
    wont have to use a bookshelf or large dresser in
    the basement. Just remember not to add too much
    storage space, since this could make the
    renovation project more expensive and you may not
    get the return on investment that you want if you
    sell your home in the future.
  • Finally, consider an open stairwell as part of
    your basement renovation. This is a stylish and
    practical way to connect the basement with the
    upper section of your home, and the stairwell
    lets natural light into the basement, which can
    make the space more welcoming and inviting. The
    stairwell is also a great idea if you are turning
    the basement into another area to entertain
    family and friends, such as an additional den or
    a space to have game night.

How to Change Your Basement Into a Bedroom
  • Youll need to start by framing the walls in the
    new bedroom space. In most cases, you should
    create the frame with 2x4 wooden boards. Nailing
    the lumber together the manual way with nails and
    a hammer or use can use a nail gun to get the job
    done. After you assemble the wall frame, its
    time to attach drywall, and youll likely need to
    hire contractors to help you with this part of
    the process.
  • Once the walls are done, its time for ceiling
    installation. If you have an unfinished basement,
    chances are theres no real ceiling in the space,
    if so, youll see plumbing pipes and wiring on
    the ceiling and it needs to be covered for safety
    and aesthetic purposes. A drop ceiling is a
    practical way to accomplish this, and youll also
    need to track that will hold the tiles of the
    ceiling in place. You then drop the tiles in the
    right areas to make a ceiling that fits with your
    decorative goals. Of course, if you dont have
    experience installing ceilings, youll need to
    work with professional buildings to accomplish
    this task. You can also add elaborate wall
    stickers that glow in the dark to the ceiling,
    which adds a relaxing element to the bedroom when
    its time to go to sleep.
  • Finally, put the flooring and lighting in place.
    Lighting and flooring are an important part of
    the bedroom space as well. Overhead lighting,
    recessed lighting or track lighting are options,
    so youll need to choose the lighting that works
    best for the space.

How to Finish the Floors In Your Basement
  • Sheet vinyl is a great option and is often used
    for basement floors. This type of vinyl is
    available in a variety of colors and patterns, so
    youve got lot of choices depending on your
    taste. If the floors in your basement are sloped
    or uneven, vinyl sheet is an ideal choice. Sheet
    vinyl is also a popular choice because its very
    easy to clean and its sturdy, especially if you
    add seam tapes to the joints of the floor. When
    you apply the seam tape with heat, your basement
    floors will be sealed and this will keep water
    from ruining the floor.
  • You can also use concrete for your basement
    floor, especially if the area will be used as a
    craft or carpentry workshop or a storage area.
    Its pretty simple and affordable to install, and
    you can do it yourself you just have to buy the
    concrete from a hardware store and get a few tips
    from an employee for making sure youre applying
    it correctly. First, youll need to apply a seal
    to the floor using a paint roller. This stops
    water from getting through the floor. You can
    also create several creative designs with your
    concrete for a finish that makes the rest of the
    basement come together. Use a dyed concrete seal
    for customized results, or stencil a design into
    the floor.
  • Engineered wood works well in the basement as
    well, since it holds up well against drastic
    changes in temperature and keeps moisture from
    collecting on the floor very well in comparison
    to other basement flooring choices.

Finishing the Walls, Ceilings and Windows In Your
  • Include the dimensions of the walls, as well as
    the sizes for the doors and windows. Your plan
    should also indicate what the new basement space
    will be used for. You should also make sure that
    you have accurate measurements for pipes and
    electrical wiring, since this will factor into
    the measurements for your ceilings, windows and
  • Think about energy efficiency when finishing this
    aspect of the basement as well. If you dont have
    good insulation in the basement or youve had
    moisture issues in the space, youll need to take
    special care that these issues dont affect your
    basement finishing project in order to keep your
    family safe and to keep basement renovation from
    becoming too expensive. Seal all the openings in
    the framing for the walls, windows and ceiling
    and around the pipes. You can use spray foam or a
    caulking gun to accomplish this. Insulate the
    board that is positioned on top of the foundation
    to add more support to the floor joists. This
    also prevents air from leaking into or out of the
    basement to regulate temperature and prevent
    moisture accumulation. You may also want to glue
    extruded foam insulation to the walls of the
    basement foundation to keep heat from leaving the
    basement area and providing a barrier that keeps
    water out.

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