Basement Finishing Ideas
Basement finishing is the procedure of converting an unfinished basement into a usable, livable space. There are a number of approaches to finishing a basement; however, most examples of these ideas require some degree of DIY knowledge. Most examples involving DIY finishing require the completion of various tasks with common hardware like drywall screws or drywall anchors. Other examples of a DIY finishing approach may include: installing new windows and doors or reconfiguring the layout of a room to improve functionality.
The intention of this article is to describe the basic process involved in the selection process for a finished basement. Many of these examples are applicable to remodel projects, however, if the basement finishing project is to be done as part of a remodel it is important to select the right materials according to the situation. The same basic process applies. I have provided below two examples that require some level of DIY knowledge, however, they are intended as an illustration of the general methodology of the project. The first example deals with material selection.
Basement finishing contractors are experienced professionals and can evaluate a number of factors to determine the appropriate basement remodeling plan including material selection. In many situations, water damage or dampness may be a factor and the contractor should consider installation of special underlayment to help combat excess moisture in the area. One of the most challenging aspects of a completed basement remodeling project is selecting the correct type of material. Waterproofers may be necessary for basements finished with concrete walls and floors.
The next example relates to the decision to install a finished basement floor. If there is a significant amount of space to play with, homeowners may find that a tile or vinyl flooring option is preferable to wood planks or carpeting. Installing drywall is another option and is usually less expensive than a laminating basement finishing project. It is important to understand that a finished floor must meet local codes for fire resistance, insulation and electrical safety.
If the homeowner is going with a tile or vinyl flooring option, the following process is critical to the final product. The homeowner must research the different types of material options available, evaluate their pros and cons, select a style and color they like, order and installation/delivery arrangement. Some homeowners are intimidated by the variety of options and may even hesitate at the start. It is important to remember that a finished basement is a living space that will need proper heating, ventilation and drainage. This will require careful planning and the ability to make trade-offs among multiple choices. All of these factors must be considered before making any flooring purchase.
There are many benefits to hiring a professional flooring designer for your basement finishing project. The benefit is that a professional will understand the complexities of the material selection process and have experience installing a wide range of styles and sizes. A professional will also understand the various pros and cons of your design choices and how to incorporate them into your budget. A good designer will help you identify material options, help you decide on a style and colour and provide installation assistance. If a contractor is not hired, a homeowner may find themselves doing the installation themselves and this task can become difficult and expensive.
Even if a homeowner decides to complete a basement finishing project themselves, they may still want to consider consulting with a designer. The designer can offer professional advice about design options, cost estimates, ideas for finishes and ways to incorporate ideas into their own remodeling style. The designer may also be able to provide ideas for new flooring and wall color options that can make the remodeling project easier and more cost effective.
Not all basement finishing ideas are possible or workable. There are many different situations and designs that should be evaluated through the designer. Good examples are real estate magazines and home improvement shows. There are also several examples found in books and on home improvement websites. Once a homeowner has a variety of ideas to consider and compare, they are sure to find the best solutions for their needs.