What to Consider Before Remodeling Your Basement

An unfished basement

Remodeling your basement can be an exciting project, but also a daunting task. There is a lot of planning that has to be done before any work can begin. There are many considerations be made in that planning process. Here are a few of them:

What to Do About Moisture

Basements tend to be damp places. Most underground basements have concrete floors that are built directly on top of dirt. Moisture seeps through the concrete floor and walls, leaving your basement moister than the rest of your house. But there are ways to alleviate this: you can use water lock paint, fill in any gaps with caulk and purchase a dehumidifier.

Understand Building Codes

Whatever municipality you reside in will likely have building codes that dictate what you can and can’t do with your basement remodel. This may affect creating separate rooms, what appliances you have, entrances and exits. Whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring a professional, ensure that you have every permit that you need.

What Amenities Will You Want?

If you’re looking to flip your basement from a damp storage area to a cool hangout spot, you’re probably going to need to make a few upgrades. You’ll likely need more and better lighting. You probably want to figure out if you’ll be able to keep it warm enough in the winter and cool enough in the summer as well.

What Will You Need in the Long Term?

If you’re a young, new homeowner, you may want to your remodeled basement to be a fun bar/party area where you can invite your friends over for some fun. But what if you want kids in a few years? Likewise, if you’re a parent, you’ll probably want the basement to be a fun place for them to play. But what happens when they grow up and move out. It’s important to be flexible in your design so that the space can be updated for multiple uses throughout the years.

If you’re looking to have your basement remodeled, the professionals at W.L. Construction are here to help. We can design and build the perfect basement for your family. Call us at 541-738-2602 for a free consultation.

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