Important Basement Remodeling Tips

The value of a home is largely contributed to its square footage, but what happens when you need/want more space but don’t have the budget for an addition? If you have an unfinished basement, renovating it and turning it into a livable space might be the answer. 

Unfortunately, basements are vulnerable to moisture and structural stresses. For this reason, it’s important you don’t skimp on materials. Below, we’ve put together a few helpful tips for a basement remodel. 

1. Repair Cracks

Before making any renovations to your basement, inspect it closely for cracks in the foundation walls and floor. If you see cracks, fill them in with a quality carbon fiber repair solution. 

Carbon fiber is a strong, lasting solution that can help reinforce the structural integrity of your home’s foundation. 

2. Add a Subfloor

To create a warm and dry living space, install a subfloor in your basement. Look for a tongue-and-groove type so installation is quick and easy and be sure to choose a subfloor with a high R-value as it will insulate the space better. 

3. Have a Complete Plan for the Renovation

Before beginning any remodeling project, it’s important to have a complete plan in place. Make a sketch of the room and include any additions or features you want to make. If others are helping you with the project, make sure they’re all on the same page as you. 

4. Avoid Building Directly on the Concrete

Extreme weather can leave a basement very damp or even wet. As such, your basement remodel should account for this, which means you should never build directly on the concrete floor. Your design should allow for moisture/water drainage and drying. 

5. Include Energy Efficiency in Your Remodel

Most homeowners remodel with energy efficiency in mind hoping to save money with the upgrade. Your basement remodel should be no different. Did you know that an uninsulated or poorly insulated basement could be responsible for up to a third of a home’s heat loss?

6. Don’t Forget About Drainage

All basements need a good drainage system, which usually means there’s a floor drain. In instances where that isn’t effective, a French drain may be installed, but it can be costly going through a concrete slab to install lit. Drain tiles can also be installed just outside your home, but again, it can be costly moving the soil away from the house to do so. 

The best option, in this case, would be to use a sump pump, either inside or just outside the basement. This is the most cost-effective and functional solution for basement drainage. 

If you’re looking to increase the living space of your home but aren’t quite in a position to add on to your home, remodeling your basement might be a doable option. Follow the tips above to ensure your basement remodel is everything you envision.