Maybe you’ve lived in your house for many years but never got a chance to finish the basement. Or you’ve just moved into your dream house and can’t wait to turn your blank canvas, unfinished basement into a whole new place for your family to relax and enjoy themselves. Either way, Dash Builders can make your visions and dreams for your perfect basement through unfinished basement renovations.
What preparation can you do for unfinished basement renovations?
Dash Builders can help you design a functional, beautiful space that will meet your needs. No two basement renovations are the same, but there are a few things you’ll want to consider when it comes to preparing your unfinished basement for a remodelling job.
Think through your utilities and space you have for finishing your basement
Understandably, you would want to refinish the area of the basement where the utilities are housed. But the space around the HVAC unit and water heater need to be kept unfinished. This is so you’ll have access to these critical components for inspections, repairs, and replacements. Special building codes may also require you to take care of these areas when it comes to framing and spacing.
You can use a half wall or closet doors to hide the utilities if you think they’ll be unsightly in the finished basement. Taking care to keep these out of the finishing plans will also give you a better idea of the space you have to work with and can help inform your final design decisions.
Unfinished basements should have natural lighting, outlets, and plumbing
Initially, basements were not designed as additional, cozy living spaces. Chances are, your basement doesn’t have good natural lighting or enough outlets or overhead lights. This is especially apparent if you have an older house. Depending on your plans, you’ll want to figure out how many additional outlets you’ll need and where new light sources should be placed. You’ll also need to account for the plumbing fixtures and where they are located. These can’t be covered. It’s also critical for you to identify any potential water and plumbing issues before you start remodelling.
What materials should you frame your unfinished basement walls with?
Usually, building materials will depend on local building codes. You might not be able to frame a wall on the basement walls directly. It’s also critical that all wood materials you use are treated, so they are protected from moisture and rot.
Unfinished basement renovations need to follow building codes
At Dash Builders, we know the local building codes inside and out and can help you pick out the right materials for your customized basement renovation. Our skilled team experienced at finishing basement renovations. Contact us today for a basement finishing estimate – or call 204.509.7574 – and get started transforming your dingy basement into a bright and cozy space.