Tips to Consider When Preparing Your Basement for Finishing

Basement Remodel

When you bought or built your house, your basement was probably left unfinished. When planning basement remodeling there are a few things to consider. Was your basement plumbing prepped for a bathroom when the house was built? If not, it can be a major expense if your basement is on a cement slab, and there was no forethought about the plumbing. There are probably plumbing pipes overhead that are supplying the upper floor, as well as electrical wiring. Make sure the pipes are all wrapped to prevent moisture from dripping due to condensation. Draw up a simple plan of how you want the space reconfigured, and how you visualize it, then get a couple estimates from basement remodeling contractors. Question the contractors about their willingness to pull permits for the project. If your ceiling is high enough, you might want to consider a drop ceiling. If there is a problem in the future with a leaking pipe or electrical wiring, you can avoid tearing out a portion of a drywall ceiling to repair the problem.

Extra Living Space

You will enjoy the extra living space for your family. If you decide to sell your house, remember that this below-grade area is not considered in the square footage of your house, but it will be worth something to the new owners. Depending on how much work is DIY or hired out, finishing a basement can cost from $10,000 to $30,000, or more. Some factors that will affect the cost, are the size of the area and materials used in the finishing. Don’t forget to include electrical and plumbing costs that you might not be able to do on your own. Remember to include the finished basement in your house insurance.

Design from the Ground Up

Deciding on how you want to break up the basement space can be exciting. Contact a contractor who does affordable basement remodeling in Marietta, GA, to help bring your design to fruition. Your furnace and hot water heater are probably in the basement. Wherever they are located in the room, you might consider building dividing walls around them with folding doors for access. You can plan the utility room large enough for storage shelves on the walls, and an area for your seasonal storage. You might have enough room in the basement for an extra bedroom. Don’t forget to plan plenty of zoned lighting in the ceiling with dimmer switches.

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