The Do’s and Don’ts of Basement Finishing


Basements finishing can be tricky. They are often used as a collection room for unused furniture and mementos because they are out of sight. However, when finished and furnished, basements can be a great additional space for the family.

Remodeling or finishing a basement can be a great idea in regards to a home improvement project. The process can be labor-intensive  however, a lot of people will prefer to leave it to a professional contractor. When done correctly, basements will be more functional and add a considerable amount of living space to your home.

To help you complete a re-modeling project in your basement, consider this list of important do’s and don’ts to have success:

DO’s Of Basement Finishing:

  1. File for a permit.

Ask for an inspection from the local government to help you customize a plan that is functional, legal and safe. This process can help you avoid problems in the future if you follow through.

  1. Construct and follow a detailed plan.

Measure out the basement and mark items that cannot be moved, such as the furnace, water heater or pipes. These items have specific code requirements for spacing and framing that offers easy access for inspection and repairs. You may finish this area but keep it simple to avoid problems.

  1. Eliminate moisture issues.

Musty odors, rust on metal surfaces, peeling paint and discoloration on walls and ceiling are signs of moisture problems that could be small or very serious.  Certain materials may need to be used to reduce moisture issues such as water-resistant flooring and proper draining. Installing water-barrier systems, drainage, or encapsulation products could increase the cost of basement renovation; however, if you have these systems taken care of, you will no longer need to worry about paying for the costs of replacing your furniture, rugs and appliances in future floods.

DON’TS Of Basement Finishing:

  1. Aim to finish the entire basement.

Take your time with large projects like these. It is to best work one project at a time and move on as you complete a project properly. Aside from additional costs, doing everything at once will leave your house out of storage or area where you can store your tools, luggage and holiday decorations.

Important: Keep it simple.

  1. Overlook adequate lighting.

A finished basement needs ample lighting, because natural lighting is often in short supply in a basement. You may also want to add a special light features such as decorative lamps and lighter furniture to make the room feel lighter and welcoming.

Important: You may also want to check this simple guide in choosing proper lighting for a basement.

  1. Cover up issues.

Abandon any ideas that concern covering up possible hazards such as mold or mildew. If the problem are not treated properly, you could have soggy, moldy insulation and ruined flooring. There may also be increased safety hazards when it comes to mold and mildew, so it’s important to get these things taken care of.

A finished basement gives you a lot of usable space in your home and adds value to the finished space. Refinish your basement within a set budget that you can agree on, and make sure that the room is safe and functional.

Need some direction? Check out these basement remodeling ideas and inspiration to look for the perfect concept for your basement refinishing project.

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Derrick Seay
Derrick Seay