Basements are great added space to a home, almost like a bonus. You want to utilize that space to its fullest potential. Whether you are planning on finishing your basement or just changing the layout, there are several details to consider. If you want to pull off a successful renovation, you need to create a solid plan that will not only get the job done efficiently, but also help prevent serious problems in the future.
Heavy rainfalls, inadequate drainage, or broken pipes can cause the water table around your home to rise. If your basement isn’t waterproofed, then you can end up with a lot of water damage. Waterproofing can also prevent pests from thriving in your basement. Rodents and bugs love to live in areas that are moist, and a water damaged basement is much easier for these pests to penetrate. Waterproofing your basement can be a challenge, but it’s worth it.
Problems with your home’s foundation can become very serious if not taken care of. While you have everything torn out, inspect the floor for unevenness or cracks. Hairline cracks are a normal part of the settling process that a home goes through. However, if your cracks are wider than an eighth of an inch, you may have a problem.
If you suspect that your foundation needs repair, consult with a professional. Do not try to just cover the cracks up with more cement, this will not solve the underlying issue. A bad foundation must be fixed by slabjacking or piering.
If your basement doesn’t have a finished ceiling, then consider using a drop or tiled ceilings commonly found in office buildings and schools. These tiles can range from basic utilitarian like those in an office, to extremely elegant.
A drop ceiling is very easy to install. Several wires are hung from the unfinished surface that support a grid of metal strips. The tiles are then placed into this grid. As you make plans for your renovation, keep in mind that the drop ceiling will lower the ceiling height.
Finishing your basement is a great way to expand the usability of your home. The basement can become the fun place for your kids. You can even turn it into an apartment that you rent out for extra income. Whatever you choose to do, just make sure that you take the time to plan it well.
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