The basement can be the place that will give you more freedom in choosing what you want to do with your remodel. You can be free to express yourself. Begin the basement remodel and planning by asking what you want to use the space for. If you're only thinking of a media room, then just a powder room is needed. But if you consider the option of a guest room along with a media space, then you want a full bath and maybe even a small kitchen.
It’s common for people to design a dual purpose space. Some combine a media room with a guest room. Others prefer a fitness area and an office space. The laundry room can be closed off so the rest of the basement is free for entertaining family or friends. Others leave the laundry room open and connected to the media room for flexibility.
Be creative and practical as well. Many prefer a single or a dual purpose design to specifically fit their needs. But there are still those who want a multi purpose basement and want it flexible for almost anything. If you have sufficient space, you can do that. Make sure you meet as a family to determine what direction you want to go with this so the designing and planning can be done appropriately.
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Custom carpentry in the basement delivers you a high standard of workmanship. The prefabricated option is less costly and quicker to install. But many prefer the quality over speed and a cheap price. They look at their basement remodel as an investment into the expression of their style as well as an increase in the resale value of their home.
There are some clear advantages for those who choose custom carpentry for their basement remodel. The work will be unique to your home. It will surely be one of a kind. No one walks into your home and says, “I’ve seen this design before” in another person’s home. The design is perfectly matched to your style and preferences. Durability is another advantage that pre-made carpentry can’t deliver. Quality materials and skilled workmanship means your custom carpentry will be a long lasting investment reflecting your particular style.
Craftsmanship is the specialty of the skilled human hand over advanced technology for woodworking. The benefits are valuable for those who appreciate the unique look of skillfully crafted products. The high level of precision and attention to detail that comes only from the skilled work of a carpenter. You will end up with the home of your dreams and the living space that’s unique and just for you
Adding new flooring will spruce up your basement unlike anything else. It adds a good vibe and will make your entire basement feel fresh. The options are many but you need to make a careful selection.
Laminate flooring is a great option for any room, but they’re slippery when wet. So avoid them in bathrooms and laundry areas. If your current flooring is flat and in good condition, the laminate can be installed above that floor. This is a fairly inexpensive option if you’re budget conscious.
Solid hardwood floors are great if you have a clean and dry wood sub floor. The look of hardwood floors will add a nice classy look to your basement. If your basement floor is below grade, you may want to avoid this option, unless you’re willing to invest in the extra effort and cost necessary to make this work.
Engineered wood flooring can be a great option for the basement remodel. These planks have laminate construction and are not impacted by changes in humidity. This can be used in basements without much problems but you’ll want to avoid bathrooms and laundry rooms as well.
Ceramic tiles can be installed in any room. It will add beauty to your basement, and it’s waterproof. But the drawback is that it can be cold and hard. You have to see what you value most in your basement remodel. Otherwise, you can install this only for your bathroom and laundry area.
The basement remodel comes with some challenges that you have to deal with. Often, the entire basement is surrounded by soil around the concrete walls. Moisture can leak through the cracks and even enter right through the concrete. This makes for damp conditions throughout the basement. But your walls get the brunt of the moisture, which in turn will affect the drywall you install.
The way to combat this is to build new walls within the concrete walls. Moisture-resistant and rot-resistant building materials must be used in the basement. This is not only a good idea, but in most places, the building codes will require this. Treated wood for the walls, moisture and mildew-resistant drywall, rigid foam board insulation to combat the cold weather, and other moisture and mildew resistant materials are a must for the basement remodel.
Since you will be spending a significant amount of time in the basement for various purposes, you’ll want to install plumbing for the bathroom or the wet bar with a sink. This needs much thought because toilets and sinks in the basement require a lower placement than pipes carrying water and waste from your home. Your contractor will have the skill and knowledge to handle such challenges.
For the wiring, it is best to use conduit pipes that will carry the wiring to all your outlets. For your entertainment systems and other equipment, you’ll need separate pipes for speakers and ethernet cables.
While you’re doing your basement remodel, this is the best time to have a good look at your HVAC system. Commonly for high-efficiency furnaces and boilers, you’ll need to bring outside air using an air vent. Check with your remodel specialists to see if you require a fresh air intake.
This is also the best time to see if you require any upgrades to systemes like furnaces, boilers, water tanks and even the water filtration and softeners. You may even want to switch to a more efficient furnace or boiler if it does not run well. Sometimes, these will emit fumes or create other problems when they are old. Water heaters that are over 10 years of age need to be replaced as well. During your basement remodel, these are all important factors to consider as you begin to rework the entire system underneath.
For many homeowners, a big, multipurpose media area or “movie theatre” is a favorite place in the home. Here are some factors to consider as you transform your basement into such a space. Otherwise, you may regret what you have created.
Avoid placing viewing screens near windows. High ceilings are not a must since everyone is seated while you are using this space. Some prefer a theater-like platform seating for better visibility.
Consult with a home theater expert for speaker placement before you complete your design. Make sure to insulate the walls and ceiling for sound so you don’t disturb others upstairs. These are some tips to consider as you build your basement into your very own home movie theater.
A great way to get together with friends and family is with your own bar and entertainment room in your home. The expense is about the same as you would install a kitchen, but without all the appliances. Since the sky's the limit when it comes to installing a fabulous bar in your basement, determine your budget first. After your budget is determined, list all the features that are a must and the ones that are optional. What can you live without?
If a complete bar is not required, you can opt for the less costly alternatives. Place a horizontal bank of cabinets that will work as your buffet and put in a fridge. The cabinets can be worked in according to your budget and your needs for storage of items. Your basement remodel experts will make suggestions as you inform them of your ideas for the bar and entertainment room.