It’s very easy for homeowners to leave renovating their basement space to last. After all, it’s unlikely you’re going to entertain in the basement (at least, until you expressly design it for that purpose), but more likely that you’ll use it as a utility room with your washing machine, dryer and other stored items for household management.
That said, it’s also true that basements with enough space can be renovated into another functional floor of your property. Doing so can help you add a great deal of value to your property, even if you only format the space with some basic living arrangements and worthwhile functions – such as a large wine storage cabinet to serve as a wine cellar.
Perfecting your basement space is a fun use of your design creativity, but it does take some care and attention to get right. In this post, we’ll discuss how to finally perfect your basement space, ensuring that it fulfills all worth purposes you may hope to integrate there.
Clear & Seal Crawlspaces
It’s always worthwhile to make sure your crawlspaces are properly maintained, but if transforming your basement into a livable space, these need to be properly renovated. You can make sure these are sealed with appropriate lining to prevent pests from coming in, as well as formatting them to aid ventilation without exposing you to the weather. Waterproofing a basement is as important as anything else, because water runoff will often occur above this part of the house, and as water follows gravity, any leaks or openings will lead to that soaking your basement. Clearing and sealing crawlspaces is the first step.
Using The Right Flooring Material
Good flooring is essential for formatting your basement correctly. You can use polyaspartic floor coating if you’re looking to use this space as a utility room, as it’s very durable and easy to clean while looking simple and consistent too. You may also decide to use laminate flooring with skirting boards, or even carpet the area if you’re hoping to develop a media room in this space. Just make sure all implementations are properly measures and appropriate for the room size – and as basements aren’t always open to natural lighting, opt for brighter colors if you can.
Manage Air Circulation
It’s important to make sure air circulates well in this space. You can open up basement window wells to ensure that the ventilation locks offer continual fresh air. Outside of that, indoor ventilation tunnels that help keep the space breathable and fresh is key, as mentioned above, sometimes crawlspaces can aid with that. You may also consider dehumidifiers were appropriate to prevent the onset of dampness in the space, and use air purifiers to help remove toxins or dander from the air and prevent the continual buildup of dust. This will make even a space with limited natural light feel airy and open – provided you light the space well, of course.
With this advice, you’re certain to finally “perfect” your basement space, and no doubt feel proud of all the improvements you’ve made.