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Are You Afraid Of Your Basement? Maybe It's Time To Remodel
Written by Elizabeth Wood
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 and pleasurable.

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.

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