Renovating your Basement

Dated: 08/16/2020

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The first step to renovating your basement is to decide how you want to use the space. Spend some time envisioning how you’d like the layout to look, where you would add a bathroom, a storage space, and more. Give yourself some time to settle on an idea. Ask yourself this: are you renovating your basement for your own use or to help sell your house in the near future?

Next, set your budget. Look at your financials and determine how much money you’re comfortable spending on your basement renovation. Once you set your budget, you can decide how to allocate the funds and do further research on how much things will cost moving forward. Will you be taking out a loan? If so, how much? The financials aren’t fun to figure out, but’s necessary!

After you establish a game plan, it’s time to get hands on! Clean out your basement. Before you can make any renovations, you need a clean slate. Then, you need to conduct a moisture test. Dampness and moisture are big basement issues you want to avoid at all costs. There are a couple ways to do this: a calcium chloride test (conduct this test yourself) or relative humidity test (usually conducted by a professional). Whichever method you choose, do your research and have your basement inspected for any sign of cracks, leaks, or moisture. There are solutions if your basement’s humidity is too high – install a dehumidifier, avoid using carpet in your basement, repair any leaks, and constant air circulation.

Depending on the current state of your basement, you may need to do some pre-renovation work like insulating, electrical work, plumbing, frames, and adding any additional walls. Once this is all good to go, your basement is finally ready to be renovated!

Grab your old clothes, it’s time to get messy and paint! Don’t skip the primer. Will you have an accent wall? Is each wall a different color? Or are you going for a simple eggshell look? Whatever you choose, rock it out and make sure to do at least two coats.

Now, you need to decide on the flooring. This can help set the tone for the space. Do you currently like what you have or is it time for an update? No matter the flooring you choose, it’s important that its water-resistant or waterproof. Otherwise, you’re destined for a series of issues! Some floorings that are great for basements: floor tiles, floating floors, and ceramic tile.

Now that you have painted walls and a set floor, it’s time to fill the space! Set up the furniture and/or equipment just how you like it. Then, add details like hanging pictures or posters or little personal touches around the space. Once you’ve done this, your basement has been officially renovated! 

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Sherri Gramlich

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