There comes a time when every homeowner finds their needs have changed and their home simply can’t meet them. Two options are available for those homeowners that need more space. These are to move to a bigger home or to increase the floor space of their current home.
Those who opt to increase their floor space will have two further options. They can either take advantage of the space currently available in their homes or invest in an extension. Utilizing space already available to you is the easiest and often most affordable option.
Considerations before basement remodeling
If you’re considering remodeling your basement in order to increase your floor space, you need to consider the following basics:
- Waterproofing is a must
Moisture is one of your biggest enemies when it comes to finishing your basement. Moisture can lead to the destruction of your investment. It therefore makes sense to invest in waterproofing before you embark on remodeling your basement. Ensure you invest in a waterproofing method that offers long term benefits.
- An egress window is required
It is important to ensure that your basement meets the requirements of building code when remodeling it. If you intend to use the basement as a living space, then building code requires that you install an egress window in the space. Egress windows are used for emergency escape from the building. They are also a good source of natural light for your new room.
- Basements have special cooling and heating needs
Basements have special heating and cooling needs compared to rooms that are above ground. During the summer, basements will remain cool because they are below ground. During the winter, the basement may be warm if the furnace is located on this level. It is important to explore the special needs for heating and cooling the space to ensure that you meet them.
- Consider specialized construction materials
Basements are prone to moisture problems. It is therefore important to consider this when choosing the materials that you will use for finishing the space. Consider choosing materials that are resistant to moisture. This will ensure that you won’t have to replace any time soon.
- Ensure that you are up to code
It is important to ensure that all aspects of your project are up to building code standards. This is not only good for meeting the requirements of the law but also to ensure that you get the best results from your project for the long term.
Jerome Fokas is the President of Select Basement Waterproofing, and has more than 15 years of professional basement waterproofing installation and ownership experience.