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Basement Remodeling - Design and Layout Basics
We have finally arrived at the planning stage of remodeling your basement. By now you have should have a basic idea on how much room you will have to work with and a general idea of what you wish to accomplish with your space. You also should have solved any water,mold,and radon issues before going any farther. Now lets talk about where you can go from here.
There are many options for your basement space from a new media room to a rental apartment. This will all depend on your desires and the funds you have to work with. For the purposes of our article we will go with a apartment style layout to cover all installations from the kitchen to the bathroom.
Hopefully your water heater,electrical panel, and furnace are all located closely enough to be separated into one separate room. If so then you are one lucky homeowner. For the rest of us with major separations between all of our "utilities" we need to plan for access and ways to hide them from the start. Generally speaking most people will design a layout that allows them to put each of these in a closet in their addition. Make sure when laying out your closet you have enough room to get to anything you may need to access at any point down the line.
If you find you do not have the space or desire to go with multiple closets the next option is moving your water heater. You can move any of the above mentioned utilities but the water heater will be the least costly in the majority of cases. You may find that in the case of a natural gas water heater you will not be able to move it where you would like due to venting issues. Have a certified plumber come in and assess the area and feasibility before designing or moving on with your remodel.
Next you will need to design the layout of your bathrooms and kitchen. Do not forget to take the extra height of your future subfloor into account. This can add two to four inches in height and severely complicate installations later if not planned for. Also to be remembered is the ceiling height from the lowest hanging object in the room. Once you have factored these in layout your cabinets and plumbing designs.
Now that you have these laid out bring in a plumber to help with the design of your system. In a basement problems with wastewater disposal may arise if your existing sewer system is higher then your basement floor level. If this is the case you will need the plumbers expertise in designing a new system or retrofitting a pump to your basement addition plumbing
That is all for layout and design in this part of my series. Next up we will continue on with electrical layout and lighting choices.
Basement Remodeling - Flooring and Cabinet Options
Basement remodeling can be a challenging job especially if you do not have any professional experience or whatsoever. However, as long as you're willing to learn and you like working hard then you'll be fine and you can produce the results that you want. Most basement areas are dark and we usually use them to store the things that we don't need anymore. We hardly go down to our basement that's why a lot of people perceive the room as scary and gloomy. Well you're practically wasting a valuable living space if you're not going to make your basement functional. What's good about the basement is you can pretty much do what you want with it. The first thing that needs to be accomplished is the plan.
Once you've figured out what you want to use your basement for then the next step in basement remodeling is repairing water damage, cracks and any other problems. Permanent solutions deal with significant amount of time to implement. A good place to start is to talk to an independent home inspector who specializes in waterproofing problems. If you're not much of an expert with basement waterproofing then you need to hire a professional to do the job for you. Be ready to shell out $500 to $5000 depending on your basement's waterproofing needs and of course damage or condition. If you can whip up your own design then that's good but if not, you can hire an architect or a designer. Make sure to be very clear in what you want so you won't end up wasting your money on a design that you don't even like. You can also buy software that you can install in your computer so you can design your own basement. This is fun and it will let you incorporate any design that you want.
One important thing in basement remodeling is working on air circulation. Good air is necessary in the basement, install some openings if needed. You can also maximize natural light if you do this. Artificial light is also needed to make a basement look good. Forget about fluorescent crisp lights that are too bright. Go for soft lights and don't forget to play with the focus. Mirrors mounted on the walls and ceilings can definitely add drama to your lighting effects. Another required step in basement remodeling is proper insulation. You want to keep your basement dry to avoid the growth of mold and mildew. For your final touch, you need furniture, equipment and furnishings. Invest practically, don't equate high price with quality all the time. Sometimes it's just a matter of brand name so be a cautious and wise buyer to get the most out of your hard-earned money.