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Ideas for Re-Modeling Your Basement
Living space in your home is a precious commodity. If you would
like to take advantage of all the space in your home then you may
want to consider re-modeling your basement to make it more usable.
Some of your options include designing a family room, designing a
storage room, and designing a home theater room.
If you have an unfinished basement and you want to re-model it so
that it can function as a clean storage room then you will need to
start by roughing out a basic design. Walk through your basement
and see if the floor is level. If the floor is not level then you
will need to address this issue before you install shelving. Take a
look around your basement to figure out what storage units you may
want to install and where the best place for these storage units
will be. Also look for water and heat hazards that you will need to
work around or fix during your re-model. Some of the items that you
can add to your basement to create a functional storage room
include shelving units, cabinets, closets, and hooks.
If you want to re-model your basement into a family room then your
first step will be to make sure that your basement is a dry space.
To do this you will want to seal cracks and treat the walls and
cement flooring with a water proofer. Next you will want to select
flooring that is designed for installation on cement floors. There
is a product that has corrugation on the bottom of the flooring
material that is treated to ensure the floor stays dry. To finish
the walls of a basement you will need to either frame it in and
drywall the walls, or you can use cement paint. To complete the
family room you will need to finish the ceiling and install
lighting and electrical outlets to facilitate a home entertainment
system, lights, and heating. Furnish the family room based on your
Because most basements are dark already they are perfect for a home
theater room. However, because of the electronics needed for a
theater room you will need to make sure that your basement has been
waterproofed. There are special water proofers and sealants that
you can use to sure up your basement.
After your basement has been waterproofed you will need to lay out
the design for your home theater room. This will not only help you
come up with a list of electrical needs the room will have, but it
will also help you to decide where you want speakers to go, where
you want built in screens to go, and where pieces of electronics
will go. With these things in mind you will be able to install your
wiring before you finish your ceilings and walls. This will cut
down on patchwork. After your electronics have been installed you
can add your decorative touches and furnishings. You will probably
want to start with painting the walls and ceiling and then install
your flooring. Then add in finishing hardware and furnishings.