Is there humidity in your basement?
It’s perfectly normal for your basement to be a little more humid than the rest of your home – especially if it isn’t heated or air-conditioned at the same temperatures as other rooms. Though, before moving forward with any basement renovation plans, it’s important to be sure that it isn’t excessively humid and that water has not infiltrated into the basement through potential foundation cracks. Noticing that your basement is home to excessive basement humidity (i.e. mold and other bacteria) once renovations are completed is just devastating. So, be sure to check the humidity levels before starting your project.
How to finish your basement renovation
Basement Renovation finishing, in regards to comfort, is probably one of the best options to consider. It allows you to have more living space in your home without it costing as much as a home addition or even buying a new house. If you already have a finished basement, but it’s pretty bland, convert it into an inviting living space. You’ll be able to do what you like with space. Here are just some examples:
- Build a home theatre
- Create an office space
- Put in an artist’s workshop
- Add a children’s game room
- Build a bar where you can entertain guests
- Put in a ‘Man Cave’ where you can kick back, relax, and watch sports
- Convert it into an apartment your parents or children can use
- … convert it into pretty much anything that inspires you!
By planning carefully your basement’s layout, you can certainly add resale value to your house. By simply adding an extra bathroom to your home can already make quite a difference. Not only is it useful, but your home’s resale value can go up equivalent to the bathroom’s cost – allowing you to recoup what you spent.
A well-done basement finishing or renovation enhances its potential living space. You’ll be more comfortable and your home’s resale value can rise. Though, if you end up trusting a contractor with little to no experience, you’re sure to be stuck in a nightmarish situation. Ensuring your contractor is well qualified is one of the most important steps of the entire process.
How long to finish a basement?
Generally speaking, if the renovation is well planned out, getting your basement finished by an experienced contractor will take between 10 and 14 days. To this time frame, you will also need to add the time it takes to plan out what your basement will end up looking like, picking out and buying the space’s furnishing, or even getting cabinetry made if you’re looking for a custom design.
Basement finishing or renovations can be home to an extensive process, which includes: demolition, wall construction, electrical work planning, demolition phase, a construction or division planning phase, putting in insulation and/or soundproofing the ceiling, installing the gypsum walls, one dedicated to planning electrical work, joint sealing, door installation, putting in new flooring, painting, and much more. As you can see, this isn’t a renovation project that can be done in a week. If your plans include a wine cellar, a home theatre, adding a bathroom, or is an overall grand plan, you’ll most likely need at least a month’s time to get everything done.
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