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Basement Remodeling - Bathrooms Construction
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.
You are finally to the point in the remodel most people are waiting for. The framing, plumbing, and wiring have all been completed and now you have a few design choices remaining. This is a critical period in your new basement remodel that will make or break the room. Lets take a walk through some of your choices.
Let us begin with the flooring, depending on your choice you may need to have it installed before your cabinets or plumbing fixtures. There are many,many choices of flooring available for your home today. Popular options include the ever durable carpet, tile of many varieties, free floating laminates, and hardwood flooring. Hardwood is available in many variations and tends to be costly in initial installation. This is only recommended in basements with a proper subfloor and a guarantee of no future moisture problems. Any moisture underneath your hard wood flooring will cause buckling and discoloration that will prove to be very costly to repair. Hardwood flooring also needs to be installed before anything else in the area. Cabinets and fixtures will need to be placed on top of this flooring. If properly cared for and installed hardwood flooring will have a lasting impact in your room and hold its value quite well.
Laminate hardwoods or tile look a like flooring is another very popular option nowadays. These floors are free floating and easily installed by homeowners. They are less susceptible to moisture damage although they still may warp if heavily saturated. They have the benefit of being able to be installed in a existing area over many surfaces and also easily removed in the future for any new flooring. As a relatively new flooring its not seen how well they will hold there value over time but new products look more and more like the real thing.
Tile is a great option in terms of durability and ease of cleaning. The installation can be complex and requires special tooling and as such this is best left to a professional installer. Costs vary widely with tile depending on types of materials used and patterns you may want laid out in the installation. One thing to be wary of with tile in a basement remodel is it will always be a very cold floor without some type of in floor heating system.
The last flooring option we will discuss is good old fashioned carpeting. Carpet is available in hundreds if not thousands of varieties and is readily available. Installation costs are cheap per square foot and installation usually can be done in a day or two. This is also a great option if you are worried about the warmth of your floor as it provides a great heat barrier. Carpeting is also easily repaired or replaced in the future at a low cost.
The last thing I would like to mention in your remodel is the placement of your cabinetry and plumbing fixtures. If you have laid down a subfloor in your basement you can install these before almost every flooring option we have discussed. As mentioned earlier if you have decided to go with hardwood it is best to wait until it is installed before placing your cabinets. Another area to be careful in is the bathroom fixture installations. Many plumbers and flooring installers will recommend having your flooring installed in here before placing anything in the bathroom. Im sure you have seem a unsightly remodel where the toilet has been tiled up to and permanently encased in the floor. This is not only unappealing but also costly to repair if the toilet ever needs to be replaced or repaired.
That does it for my articles on basement remodeling. I hope you enjoy your new space for many years to come!