What You Must Know Before Finishing a Basement

Straight and clear, finished basements add valuable space to any home.  They grant homeowners a chance to make the best use of an already-existing little room, like that dark, lifeless space instead of moving out. They are a great addition too.  That is why more and more people are looking to try this investment out.

In 2016 alone, Google showed that over 95,000 people searched on information regarding the cost of finishing a basement, the different ideas, style, and techniques.  It basically means that more people are actually venturing into the world of remodeling and renovating, eager to make the best use of that seemingly useless space. If you are one of them, better go through the following expert tips.

Keep it dry

Before starting the renovations, it’s important to check for the presence of any water issues. It is all about ensuring that space is dry with no moisture. Don’t forget to check the cracks and embark on fixing them.

Get any mandatory permits

Assuming that the surface is now dry and your plan is to start the finishing on the basement, first make sure that you are allowed by the authorities to do the renovations. It is important majorly because all the plumbing and electrical work will be inspected later.

Consider a suitable fastener

Normally, basement walls aren’t reliable when one attaches them a frame. Since they are mainly made of cement, stones, blocks or bricks, a nail as an anchor would not be a good idea either. A powder-actuated fastener or a shotgun fastener will certainly do the job.

A vapor barrier

Even when you have done your tests and ensured that the surface is dry, find a vapor barrier to keep the area dry throughout the renovations. Place it on the floor and wait for two days before commencing work.

Create an offset space

To be sure that moisture can’t be an issue at all, create a slight offset using furry strips. The strips will also level a curved wall and help design a flat wall for the frame.

Keep the area warm

Spray foam insulation is the best candidate here mainly because it controls the temperature inside while acting as another layer to keep the surface dry. Basically, it’s all about choosing an insulation that also acts as a barrier.

Invest on drop ceiling

Much like your finishing will need a stable ceiling, a drop or suspended ceiling is proving to be great during electrical and plumbing works. That’s why you must use removable tiles.

Recess lighting

For basements, recess lighting is proving to be possibly the best option. It’s easy to install and doesn’t take up a huge space.

At the baseboards, add some heat

The latest trend entails installing heating vents at floor level so that the floor remains warm too.

With all these tips in mind, it’s now safe to get down to business. Find a good company that specializes in new construction, renovations, and remodeling to aide you in making the best space possible.

Aspen Construction is an innovative building leader specializing in home additions, new construction, bathroom and kitchen remodeling.  For all of your home improvement needs including electrical services contact us today at http://www.aspencoinc.com/.