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Converting Your Basement Into Usable Space

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Renovating the basement in your home to add some additional living space is a great option. In many homes, the basement is empty or unused space that could be valuable for a growing family. There are some things to consider before you start a basement renovation, but if the basement has what you need, and if you have the budget for the update, you might discover a hidden gem in your old, dusty basement.

Water and Moisture

It is not uncommon for a basement to have some water infiltration that could damage furnishings and other materials you use in the renovation, so before you start any work, have the basement and foundation inspected. If there is water going into the basement, you may need to have a contractor seal the outside of the foundation walls for you.

The contractor you are using for your basement renovation may be able to seal the foundation, but if they don't have the crew or tools for that kind of work, you can use a separate contractor. In fact, your contractor may be able to recommend a foundation contractor to do the work.

Insulating the Concrete

Because the floors and walls of the basement are concrete, they can transfer cold into the room. Insulating the walls with foam board is a good way to stop some of the cold transfer, and the foam board is easy to put on the walls with some construction adhesive.

The floor can also transfer the cold through the concrete, but if you are installing carpeting or laminate flooring, the contractor can install insulation on the floor before the flooring material is put in place. If you have enough height, you could add a subfloor over the existing floor to provide some space for insulation and air between the concrete and the new flooring.

Adding a Bathroom

If you want to have a bathroom in the basement, you may be able to find the space for it, but there are some plumbing concerns since the basement is below ground level. Your main sewer line may exit the house at the basement level, so a bathroom below grade or ground level will need a pump to move the water out of the drains.

If you have a toilet in the basement, plan on installing a macerator pump that can grind up solid waste and pump it out to the sewer line. If, by chance, the sewer lines leave the house at the basement floor level, you may not need a pump at all. 

Reach out to basement renovation services to learn more about how to convert your basement into usable space.