Basement Remodeling Magazine

Basement Remodeling Magazine

Next Up Design a Basement Apartment Whether you’re looking for extra income or need a place for aging parents to live, here are tips for flipping your basement into a comfortable living, dining and sleeping space. Add Style to Your Finished Basement Get tips for choosing the right finishing touches for your basement remodel. Top Six Basement Spaces From media rooms to home offices to bars, get tips on transforming your basement. Before You Hire a Basement Pro Choosing a contractor is one of the most difficult decisions. Here’s what you should ask. Solving Basement Design Problems Mechanical systems and other obstacles can present design opportunities. Get tips for tackling the most common problems. Best Bets for Basement Lighting Don’t let your downstairs become a black hole. Learn what you need to brighten up your basement. Assess Your Basement Needs Your unfinished basement could be the most popular area of your home. Use these tips to begin your transformation. Basement Remodel: Splurge vs. Save From bars to insulation, get tips for where to invest money and how to cut basement remodeling costs. Basement Bathroom Ideas Using available space to build a basement bathroom will cut down on expenses. Basement Building Codes 101 Knowing what you can and can’t do is a key to good planning.
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Basement Remodeling Magazine

Design a Basement Apartment Whether you’re looking for extra income or need a place for aging parents to live, here are tips for flipping your basement into a comfortable living, dining and sleeping space. Add Style to Your Finished Basement Get tips for choosing the right finishing touches for your basement remodel. Top Six Basement Spaces From media rooms to home offices to bars, get tips on transforming your basement. Before You Hire a Basement Pro Choosing a contractor is one of the most difficult decisions. Here’s what you should ask. Solving Basement Design Problems Mechanical systems and other obstacles can present design opportunities. Get tips for tackling the most common problems. Best Bets for Basement Lighting Don’t let your downstairs become a black hole. Learn what you need to brighten up your basement. Assess Your Basement Needs Your unfinished basement could be the most popular area of your home. Use these tips to begin your transformation. Basement Remodel: Splurge vs. Save From bars to insulation, get tips for where to invest money and how to cut basement remodeling costs. Basement Bathroom Ideas Using available space to build a basement bathroom will cut down on expenses. Basement Building Codes 101 Knowing what you can and can’t do is a key to good planning.
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Basement Remodeling Magazine

BHG.com Rooms Other Rooms Basements Basement Finishing Use these 10 do-it-yourself ideas for basement finishing to create a lower level with high style and function. Facebook Pinterest Twitter Google Plus Email Print More Oops, we’re sorry. Something went wrong. Please try again later. Oops, we’re sorry. Something went wrong. Please try again later. Share your take on this idea!Upload your photo here.CLOSE 1. Expect a payback. Finishing a basement can be a good investment. According to cost versus value surveys conducted annually by Remodeling magazine, the average return on investment for a basement project nationally is currently around 75 cents on the dollar. And a basement project is also likely to add new functionality to your home: more bedrooms, more efficient storage, and more space to entertain. 2. Flex DIY muscle. Even though plumbing and wiring are best left to professionals, framing walls, installing insulation, and hanging drywall should be within the capabilities of experienced do-it-yourselfers. Remember to line up proper building permits first; failure to do so could result in delays. continue reading below 3. Let there be light. Where possible, plan for windows and doors. Make sure openings are cut before other work begins, and seal off the rest of the house from the resulting masonry dust. Before creating any new windows or doors, have a building professional make sure the surrounding walls can take on the increased structural load.4. Give everyone a hand. Create beautiful and safe access to your remodeled basement. Beef up walls supporting handrails, and keep handrails in place after the building inspector has signed off on the project. 5. Evaporate moisture worries. Merely installing a dehumidifier can actually create problems by drawing water through foundation walls. Ensure good drainage off your roof and away from your foundation, provide good ventilation of bathrooms and kitchens to the outside, and don’t open windows during humid months. Along with breathable insulation, a vapor retardant should be installed between interior stud walls and floors, and between foundation walls and floor slabs. 6. Find solid footing. Not all flooring can be used in below-grade applications. Solid wood is one example—even small fluctuations in moisture levels can cause buckling and splitting. Shop for products that can be used below grade while achieving the look you want.7. Look up–to a finished ceiling. Look for drop-ceiling and other ceiling products that lend themselves to residential-scale design—12-inch squares, for example. An installed drywall ceiling is another good option, but remember that ceiling textures can easily flake off. Regardless of the ceiling you select, remember that the highest level of your basement ceiling is the same height as the lowest hanging pipe, duct, or wire. 8. Have an escape route. Local building codes may demand egress windows in order for a basement room to be considered a bedroom, and an enclosed closet may also be required. Egress windows must be large enough for a firefighter in full gear to get into a burning house—and for occupants to safely escape if stairways are blocked by fire. Another egress option is to add hinged outside access doors. For more, go to Basement Windows and Doors. 9. Rein in radon. Radon is an odorless radioactive gas that seeps into basements from surrounding soils. Uncontrolled, it can expose you and your family to the equivalent of 200 chest X-rays annually. Test for it with charcoal-base collectors, or hire a licensed radon contractor. Local utility companies may offer radon testing. Mitigating radon may involve sealing cracks and surfaces, or installing ventilators. For more, go to Basement Safety Checklist. 10. Heat things up. Your home’s heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems may have been installed based on upper-level requirements. Make sure an HVAC contractor validates that you have the right equipment to serve the basement as well. Otherwise, you may reduce equipment life span. For more, go to Basement Heating and Cooling. Basement Family Room Ideas Basement Family Room Ideas Oops, we’re sorry. Something went wrong. Please try again later. Oops, we’re sorry. Something went wrong. Please try again later. Share your take on this idea!Upload your photo here.CLOSE Popular In Basements Bright Basement Work Space Storage Solutions for Finished Basements Converting Basements into Living Space More Basements Load More
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Basement Remodeling Magazine

BHG.com Rooms Other Rooms Basements Basement Finishing Use these 10 do-it-yourself ideas for basement finishing to create a lower level with high style and function. Facebook Pinterest Twitter Google Plus Email Print More Oops, we’re sorry. Something went wrong. Please try again later. Oops, we’re sorry. Something went wrong. Please try again later. Share your take on this idea!Upload your photo here.CLOSE 1. Expect a payback. Finishing a basement can be a good investment. According to cost versus value surveys conducted annually by Remodeling magazine, the average return on investment for a basement project nationally is currently around 75 cents on the dollar. And a basement project is also likely to add new functionality to your home: more bedrooms, more efficient storage, and more space to entertain. 2. Flex DIY muscle. Even though plumbing and wiring are best left to professionals, framing walls, installing insulation, and hanging drywall should be within the capabilities of experienced do-it-yourselfers. Remember to line up proper building permits first; failure to do so could result in delays. continue reading below 3. Let there be light. Where possible, plan for windows and doors. Make sure openings are cut before other work begins, and seal off the rest of the house from the resulting masonry dust. Before creating any new windows or doors, have a building professional make sure the surrounding walls can take on the increased structural load.4. Give everyone a hand. Create beautiful and safe access to your remodeled basement. Beef up walls supporting handrails, and keep handrails in place after the building inspector has signed off on the project. 5. Evaporate moisture worries. Merely installing a dehumidifier can actually create problems by drawing water through foundation walls. Ensure good drainage off your roof and away from your foundation, provide good ventilation of bathrooms and kitchens to the outside, and don’t open windows during humid months. Along with breathable insulation, a vapor retardant should be installed between interior stud walls and floors, and between foundation walls and floor slabs. 6. Find solid footing. Not all flooring can be used in below-grade applications. Solid wood is one example—even small fluctuations in moisture levels can cause buckling and splitting. Shop for products that can be used below grade while achieving the look you want.7. Look up–to a finished ceiling. Look for drop-ceiling and other ceiling products that lend themselves to residential-scale design—12-inch squares, for example. An installed drywall ceiling is another good option, but remember that ceiling textures can easily flake off. Regardless of the ceiling you select, remember that the highest level of your basement ceiling is the same height as the lowest hanging pipe, duct, or wire. 8. Have an escape route. Local building codes may demand egress windows in order for a basement room to be considered a bedroom, and an enclosed closet may also be required. Egress windows must be large enough for a firefighter in full gear to get into a burning house—and for occupants to safely escape if stairways are blocked by fire. Another egress option is to add hinged outside access doors. For more, go to Basement Windows and Doors. 9. Rein in radon. Radon is an odorless radioactive gas that seeps into basements from surrounding soils. Uncontrolled, it can expose you and your family to the equivalent of 200 chest X-rays annually. Test for it with charcoal-base collectors, or hire a licensed radon contractor. Local utility companies may offer radon testing. Mitigating radon may involve sealing cracks and surfaces, or installing ventilators. For more, go to Basement Safety Checklist. 10. Heat things up. Your home’s heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning systems may have been installed based on upper-level requirements. Make sure an HVAC contractor validates that you have the right equipment to serve the basement as well. Otherwise, you may reduce equipment life span. For more, go to Basement Heating and Cooling. Basement Family Room Ideas Basement Family Room Ideas Oops, we’re sorry. Something went wrong. Please try again later. Oops, we’re sorry. Something went wrong. Please try again later. Share your take on this idea!Upload your photo here.CLOSE

Basement Remodeling Magazine

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