A finished basement isn’t just pretty to look at; it also boosts your home’s value and adds an extra functional space in your home. While remodeling a basement is technically no different from any other room remodel, you need to be aware of several things before you begin.
In this post, Handyman Connection of Mountain View lists four things to consider before you start your basement remodel.
1.Check for Water Issues
Before you start your remodeling project, check the basement for signs of water damage or moisture issues. Pools of water, dripping, degraded foundations and faded walls are obvious warning signs. If you notice any cracks in the foundation itself, repair them first.
The walls and floors of your basement are usually made up of masonry, cement or brick. As such, it’s near impossible to drive a nail or screw into it if you’re planning to attach framing. We recommend investing in a sturdy fastener designed to anchor framing in extra-hard materials.
3.Consider a Vapor Barrier
Even after you take care of existing moisture issues, your basement will get damp. To stem future problems, install a vapor barrier on the walls and flooring of the basement before attaching the framing. Do this and you’ll greatly reduce the moisture problems you’ll encounter in the future.
4.Recessed Lighting Is Better
Finally, for your lighting, we recommend purchasing recessed lighting. As its name suggests, these lights are recessed into the ceiling. As such, they won’t take up valuable space, unlike a light fixture. They’re also easy to install, especially if your basement has a drop ceiling.
Handyman Connection of Mountain View can help you with your basement remodeling. Fill out our form or give us a call at (650) 437-8999 to learn more about our professional services, and how we can help you.