As you may know, living space in Connecticut homes is at a premium, and adding more to your home can greatly increase the value of a house. Transforming a drab damp basement into an additional bedroom or a family activity room can be a prudent remodeling move. There is a lot more to a basement remodel than just purchasing knick knacks and decorations: there are a wide variety of components that are often overlooked when CT homeowners attempt to transform their musty space into a bright vibrant basement. Here are a few tips that can help you to make sure that your investment is worth it.
Fix Any Basement Water Issues Beforehand
It's best to solve dampness issues completely before you hire anyone to perform remodeling work, even if your basement rarely has issues with flooding. If you are unsure of where to start, you can talk with a local home inspector who specializes in the recognition of basement/foundation waterproofing issues.
Another thing to be aware of is the temperature. Even with the water issue under control, your basement can still become
a damp place. This dampness can make it an uncomfortable place to spend time in. That's why you'll need to install insulation and a vapor barrier to further control the ambient climate in your basement
Decide How You Will Use Your Remodeled Basement
Remodeling your investment is a moderate investment, so if you have the free time, you should determine the best use for your new space. Basements naturally lend themselves to certain activities. Since they are underground, basements are great for setting up a home theater to entertain you and you children on dreary days. The isolation of a basement also provides a great opportunity to create a play area, a hang out for your teenage child, or a place to finally practice your musical instrument.
Determine How You Will Accent Your Basement's Lighting Situation
Lighting is one of the most important aspects of your basement remodel. If part of your basement will extend beyond the ground level, you could add new hopper windows, to let in more natural light. Or, if possible, you can enlarge existing windows, which is beneficial because it offers an alternative escape route if there is ever a fire. Also, considering that basement ceilings are often low, you could use indirect lighting that beams large pools of light on the ceiling. Doing so will open up the space and make basement rooms appear higher (and larger) than they are.
Hire A Professional Basement Remodeler
You may be tempted to try and save some money by doing the remodel yourself; however, basement finishing in Connecticut homes should only be performed by professionals like those from Fiderio & Sons. We know all the current building codes and have years of experience in handling the problems that may arise during a basement remodel. You can sleep well at night knowing that your basement is going to be converted into an additional living space by contacting local contractors to do the job!
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Think outside of the box, and please contact us to share your ideas and get our advice. In the past, Fiderio & sons has helped with transforming basements into offices, kitchenettes, movie rooms, and family rooms. Take a look at some of our completed projects. Visit our Meriden showroom this week. Or call us today at 1-800-FIDERIO (1-800-343-3746) to schedule a FREE in-home design consultation.