When your home feels too small, you may be tempted to build an addition. But for homeowners with unfinished basements, additions are generally costly and unnecessary. At Tom’s Best Quality Remodeling, we can transform your Schaumburg basement from a dark, dusty storage spot to a happy hangout for the whole family. Before remodeling your basement, here are 5 things you need to consider.
1. Moisture Issues
Moisture in the basement can be a major problem. If water is pooling on the floor, you may not be able to finish your basement. Small cracks, however, can be treated with hydraulic cement, and other minor moisture problems can be treated with water-lock paint. There are plenty of companies that specialize in basement waterproofing if you want to be sure that the job gets done correctly.
2. Electrical Codes
Building codes likely will dictate the number of electrical outlets you must install, based upon the square footage of your basement. For basements lacking in wiring, adding walls is the primary way to improve the functionality and electrical capacity of the room.
3. Special Heating and Cooling Needs
Every basement is unique, so you will have to adapt your cooling and heating needs based upon your individual basement. Some basements are fine on their own. Others require the addition of baseboard heaters and/or ductwork to regulate the temperature.
4. Egress Is a Must
Egress is an exit point aside from the doorway. Building codes likely will require the addition of a window or alternative exit point in case of a fire. Depending upon your space, this can be a costly addition.
5 Good Lighting
Because basements tend to have low ceilings and small windows, lighting can be a problem. Addition of can lights is a popular choice for basement remodeling jobs because they save space and create a lot of light.
Tom’s Best for All Your Remodeling Needs
Whether you are updating an existing space or finishing a concrete basement, our team at Tom’s Best has the experience and expertise to make it happen. Our design team will walk you through the entire process to ensure you are pleased with the design, function, and details for your space. Contact us online or call (847) 202-6465 to request a free consultation today. We would love to turn your remodeling ideas into a reality.