7 Things Every Basement Needs
Refinishing your basement can be a real challenge. You need to make sure you consider all the appropriate elements, including comfort, air flow, and moisture control. You also need to consider the costs of finishing a basement and stay true to you budget.
To make sure you have the best possible results, keep these seven things in mind.
In most regions of the county, waterproofing the basement is an essential step that can’t be ignored. Persistent dampness can ruin furniture, walls, carpet, and sheetrock, so it’s much more cost-effective to waterproof a basement before a problem occurs. If the basement foundation is exposed, start by adding concrete sealer to the exterior walls and make sure all the right water-proofing steps have been taken before finishing the basement.
2. Sound Proofing
Whether you have basement bedrooms, a custom bar, or your own home theater, sound proofing is an important step for the peace of the entire family. With the right ceiling tiles, you can reduce the amount of sound that travels from one level of the home to the other, and adding this material is easy when you use CeilingConnex’s direct mount ceiling grid.
3. Egress Windows
This is an important safety step that everyone should consider for their home. Although it will be required for any basement with bedrooms, in case of an emergency it never hurts to have an egress window even when they are not mandated. While this is a major remodeling step if egress windows haven’t been created already, it is highly recommended.
4. Quality Lighting
Many basements don’t have the advantage of natural light, but you can still create a warm ambiance by using indirect light. Have light fixtures that direct light up to the ceiling and you’ll give the area more of a wide, indirect source, rather than direct, harsh light from a lamp or overhead can.
If you want a dry, comfortable basement, then you need to insulate. This will not only help you regulate proper temperatures in the basement, it will also help you lock out condensation, reducing the chances of mold and mildew. Because good insulation will keep warm inside air from contacting cold outside air, insulation is an effective step for controlling moisture.
6. Air Circulation
Depending on the age of your home, there may be no vents or registers that help circulate air. Like quality insulation, air circulation will keep your basement comfortable and dry. Consider installing ventilation if possible, and when adding the direct mount ceiling, make sure to leave space for a ceiling fan, which can be used to move air and keep a nice circulation through the basement.
7. Direct Mount Ceiling
Many basement ceilings are low, so you can’t sacrifice overhead space by installing a dropped ceiling. A better option is installing a direct mount ceiling, which will save roughly six inches to a foot of space and provide a much more comfortable and relaxing atmosphere.
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