Basement Renovation: Make It Livable

Basement empty room interior with stone wall trim

What’s in a basement? It can be a storage space, laundry area, makeshift office, or even someone’s room. You can do anything with the space depending on your needs. Don’t forget the basic requirements when converting it into a livable space, however.

Here are some things to consider when converting the basement to a bedroom:

Foundation

Before converting this part of the house into a room, you need it to have a strong foundation. Basement foundation contractors are your best friend, and they’d be willing to answer questions about how long the project can be done. While you’re at it, consider the plumbing system as well, because planning how the pipes fit into the basement should be done early on.

Ventilation

The basement does not have the usual windows you can open on other levels of the house to ventilate the area. Air conditioning can solve this problem, but you can also look into dehumidifiers to keep mold growth at bay. There should also be enough insulation to keep the basement comfortable even in winter. Position the heater and air conditioning in a safe and dry area, so they do not get damaged by humidity. The air conditioner should also be grounded as a safety measure.

Lighting

You’ll miss windows in your basement for another reason: you won’t get to utilize natural lighting in this part of the house. Though some basements can still have case windows, these are often not enough to let plenty of light in. If the basement does not provide a lot of headroom, you’ll want to avoid low hanging lighting as your main source of illumination. Consider recessed lighting on the walls or on the ceiling, and table lamps.

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Your basement can be turned into any livable area. But don’t forget the “livable” part of renovation.