Many homes have unfinished basements. The main floor and the upstairs floor (if this applies) take priority because a common thought is that more time is spent there versus the basement, which becomes more of a storage room. What you must take into consideration is that an unfinished basement is actually a great and practical space that is going to waste by not being used.
While it can be pricey to redo a full basement, you don’t have to rush and can take it step by step. You can make a list of all the things that must be done and cross them off one by one as you go along. It can be a big project, however keep in mind that once you are done, you will be left with a new space that you and your family can enjoy or a space you can rent if you meet all of the proper requirements. What is certain is that this new living space will add great value to your home.
To start, you need to assess the condition your basement is currently in. Are you starting from scratch or are certain elements already present? The most important things to do at first are to check the wiring and plumbing situation. If you plan on having someone live in this space, a bathroom and a kitchen are a must if they do not already exist. Additionally, insulation in the walls and the ground must be checked to protect the person and the space from noise and low temperatures. As basements are underground, protection from moisture will also be necessary to make the space comfortable and livable. These are all things that would be best addressed by a professional inspector who knows exactly what to look for and can provide you with a proper assessment indicating how you should proceed.
There are several more elements that need to be checked prior to inviting people to stay over. This can include ventilation, windows, pests and any materials that can be rotting. Only after all of these crucial components have been taken care of can you proceed to the next steps of installing proper flooring, walls and bringing in large appliances that are necessary if someone is going to be living there.
This can be followed by other steps that include, but are not limited to; proper lighting, furniture, and décor. Renovating a basement and transforming it into a living space is no small task and can take months to complete. There are so many requirements that have to be met in order to create a space that is safe. Using a professional and reputable company like Dash Builders is ideal as they know exactly what is required. If you are in the Winnipeg area and are considering a basement renovation, Dash Builders will help you every step of the way. No matter what condition your basement is in, they will help you transform it into a space that is both livable and enjoyable!