1. Consult a Professional
Before you start tearing down walls, buying furniture, and starting a whole DIY project, consult a professional. It is important to know the codes if you’re planning on doing any plumbing or electrical work. A professional can show you exactly what needs to be done so that you don’t make any crucial mistakes.
Insulation is important in order to keep your basement warm, and it can also keep it dry. You’ll want to install an insulation that has a vapor barrier to keep moisture out. Insulation can also serve as a sound barrier.
3. Measure EVERYTHING
It is crucial to know how much space you’re working with. If you are adding rooms or windows, make sure to get the exact measurements so that nothing will be uneven. Never “eyeball it" because you could make a huge mistake with even bigger consequences.
4. Leave space for storage
Most of the time an unfinished basement is used for storage. If that’s the case for you, make sure to leave an area for storage so that you still have a place to put everything. Paying for a storage unit can really add up!
5. Install Egress Windows
If you are planning on adding windows, make sure they are the right kind. Again, make sure you know the codes, because you could be required to install a certain kind of window. Egress windows are commonly required because they can be easily opened in case of an emergency.
6. Buy the proper fasteners
Most unfinished basement walls are made of concrete. If you are adding framing, you will have to use the right kind of fasteners and anchors, because not all of them attach well to concrete.
7. Think about the lighting
Lighting is something that needs to be thought about in the planning process. If additional lighting is needed, you’ll need to consider how you’re going to wire everything. We also recommend using variations of lighting. This makes the space look much more inviting.
8. Keep it dry
Check the foundation beforehand to make sure there aren’t any existing cracks from water damage. One of the most important things when it comes to basements is keeping them dry. Moisture often times leads to mold, and you don’t want mold in your newly renovated basement. Another great way to keep your basement dry is to install DriBot. DriBot helps ensure your basement stays flood free! Learn more at www.dribot.com.