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Are You Afraid Of Your Basement?
Maybe It's Time To Remodel
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
Basements can often be a scary place to venture off too. Dark,
cold and moist are words that describe not only many common
basements, but they also describe a swamp. Who wants to spend time
in a swamp? Luckily, with a few minor touch ups, even the most
horrid basements can be turned into comfortable, enjoyable living
conditions. Your old grimy basement can be turned into a beautiful
playroom for your children, a recreational area for family and
guests, or even in to an extra bedroom or office. It's also a great
idea to turn your basement into a separate basement apartment.
Creating a finished basement will make your home feel so much bigger
As always, whenever you are deciding to remodel a room, the first
thing you need to decide is what your main focus for remodeling is.
In the case of basement renovations, decide first what you would
like to do with your basement. Are you looking for a new floor
layout? Will you need to enlarge your old existing space? Maybe you
are only making minor renovations and are simply trying to repair
damages such as floor wreckage or fixing excess moisture by
waterproofing. Does your basement need handicap accessibility?
Sometimes the basement just needs a little updating. Whatever it is
that you would like to have done, start off small by making that
your main focus. As soon as the remodeling begins, an endless amount
of decisions need to be made and several new remodeling ideas circle
within your thoughts. The process often becomes overwhelming.
Keep in mind that basement remodeling is a smart decision for any
homeowner. Not only will it increase your homes resale value, but
it's also the easiest and cheapest way to create more living space.
For the best remodeling results, it's a good idea to hire a
professional. However, before hiring someone, it is important to
study your basement and take into consideration all of the problem
areas. The more you know about your basement the easier it will be
to work with your contractor. Make sure to check for waterproofing
problems. Key signs of damage are moldy odors and cracked or peeling
walls. Also, make sure to check out the level of dryness and the
amount of heat captured by your basement. This will help you decide
what kind of insulation and flooring to use.
Of course appearance is extremely important too. Make sure to
carefully plan a new inviting design for your basement. Arrange for
a color theme to enhance your design. Integrate your lighting
fixtures to compliment the colors. Turn your scary basement into the
most welcoming part of your home.