Have you been putting off finishing a basement but have recently turned over a new leaf and are now ready to get down to it? If so, here are some things you might want to consider as you plot and plan and actually begin finishing a basement that could add great living space you will enjoy for years.
The first thing to take into account when planning on finishing a basement entails water issues. If your basement feels damp and uncomfortable due to water drainage problems, leaky pipes, or some other reason, you first want to get to the bottom of it.
Water problems in the basement can range from anything including poor grade of your property to a simple matter of wrapping exposed pipes. Or you may need to completely resurface your walls with a good, waterproof material and allow plenty of time to make sure whatever solution you have come up with actually works. If it does not, call in a professional. For ongoing maintenance, a basement dehumidifier is helpful.
After you have overcome any water problems when contemplating finishing a basement, the next thing to think about is lighting. Recessed lighting, wall sconces, and track lighting all make good options in addition to making sure you have plenty of individual lamps for tables, counters, bars, and other convenient areas.
Having plenty of good, artificial light in lieu of sunlight streaming in from windows can make all the difference in creating an inviting environment. Finishing a basement without adequate lighting will keep this extra living space a continued place to avoid.
The last really major area to be considered when finishing a basement is the floor. Assuming your floors are nice and dry (after solving any of those water problems discussed above), nice, thick carpeting or good-quality rugs help make this room a place everyone wants to be. Do not be afraid to put fun area rugs, sisal mats, or other attractive floor coverings in this room! Its function is to make you and yours feel comfortable and at home.
So go ahead and put it in gear while you are in the mood and thinking about finishing a basement. There is no time like the present, and when you are done, you will pat yourself on the back. And besides, finishing a basement means you can do a lot more than you thought you could.