Tips for The Ultimate Basement Finishing

By on 28.09.2017 in Design

basement refinishingTraditionally basements are meant for storage, however many homes utilize them as man caves, with a bar installed, an extra bedroom, a teenagers retreat or perhaps even a theater room. Whatever the room is used for, a quality basement finishing is important.

Basement finishing can be done in three different ways, Hiring a contractor to do the work and who will most likely charge anything from $30,000 to over $70,000,  a basement finishing system will set you back from $ 30,000 to $ 60,000, whereas a Do-It-yourself finishing of a basement may cost around $30,00 depending on how much you wish to put into the project.

So before you start, work out your budget. Make sure that you have accurate measurements for the materials that you will be using. Have a set plan drawn up so that it is there as a referral if necessary. Always remember measure twice and cut once! Ensure that the appropriate permits are obtained if required.

Some building codes require some form of egress in case of a fire or emergency, no matter what the basement is used for. One option is to install windows high up to not only allow natural light but as a means of an exit if necessary.

There may be some plumbing required and if you don’t feel capable of tackling the job yourself then  hiring  the services of a licensed plumber would be an advantage.  Moisture may also be a problem when finishing a basement. Moisture develops from condensation and seepage so it is essential to address the problem at the beginning of the project.

Divert any existing downpipes away from the exterior wall of the basement. Seal the outside wall with a masonry waterproof product. To be doubly sure it may be expedient to also waterproof the interior walls.

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Having the appropriate flooring to suit the room is essential. Always be mindful of the practicalities of the floor for cleaning purposes. If the original floor is concrete, it may be an ideal solution to lay a floating timber floor if it’s being used for a man cave.

Laying a floating timber floor is a simple and an inexpensive way to go. The use of cork helps with keeping noise level to a minimum. However for a theatre set up, a different type of flooring may suit, for example a wall to wall carpet or a large rug. Be mindful of possible dampness in the room and carpet may not be suitable if there is an issue with that.

Another consideration when finishing a basement is heating as it’s quite possibly the coldest room in the house. A tip for adding warmth when finishing a basement is to insulate it from the inside by adding extruded foam insulation on the walls and insulate the ceiling which will also help sound proof the room.

If you have a furnace large enough, then diverting the warm air by adding extra vents to the existing ductwork works well. Another alternative, although a more expensive heating solution would be to use electric heaters.

Lightening would possibly the most expensive item in finishing a basement. It is important to get a qualified electrical tradesman to do the work required. Doing the work yourself is not only dangerous but against all regulations. For subdued lightening, the addition of a dimmer switch would be ideal.

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To have a brighter room then fluorescent lights would be practical. However be careful of installing low hanging light fixture and fans. Ensure there is a sufficient number of power outlets installed to cover any electrical equipment that may be used. Mirrors and strip lighting around the ceiling will lighten up the basement.

The final touch to finishing a basement is the painting of the room.  If there is little or no natural light then selecting light coloured paint is one way to lighten up the space. Paint the ceiling white. As mentioned before basements do tend to weep with moisture so using a basement flexible primer and finish would be beneficial. A glossy light coloured paint from Zinnsser’s is ideal.

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