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Basement Remodeling Essentials
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement

Basements are often the most neglected room of the house. Luckily, with a few minor touch ups, even the most horrid basements can be turned into comfortable, enjoyable living conditions. You can utilize your basement space by turning it into a beautiful playroom for your children, a recreational area for family and guests, or even into an extra bedroom or office. Creating a finished basement is a cost effective way to make your home feel bigger and more pleasurable.

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. Whatever it is that you would like to have done, start off small by making that your main focus. Consider the following:

• Are you looking for a new floor layout?
• Will you need to enlarge your old existing space?
• Does your basement need handicap accessibility?
• Are you thinking of adding a bath?

Before you begin your model, 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. 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. Ask yourself these questions:

• Do you need to repair damages such as floor wreckage or fixing excess moisture by waterproofing?
• Does your basement need a little updating?
• Do you need to add more vent openings for better air circulation?
• Would you like to enlarge windows to let in more natural light?

In addition, 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.

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.

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