Four Tips To Help You Create The Extra Space You Need With A Finished Basement

If you have an unfinished basement in you home, finishing this area can give you valuable space. It is also an area of your home that can be challenging to create a design you need. You will want it to be a water resistant area and have good drainage and waterproofing. It is also important to choose the layout with rooms that meet egress needs and areas with natural lighting you want. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of the space when you finish your basement: 

1. Floor Plan To Meet Modern Building Standards

The floor plan of your basement is very important. If you plan on having sleeping quarters, you will need to have these areas located on the outside walls where windows can be installed. This is because any bedrooms you add to your home are required to have egress windows installed. These are windows that are big enough to allow a person to escape in case of fire or another emergency.

2. Foundation Wall Systems To Maximize Finished Space

Foundation walls can be an area of your home where you lose a lot of space when you finish your basement, as well as a source of water problems. New foundation wall systems can be mounted to the walls and be waterproof. This can add space because there are no partition walls and help provide your home with more protection from water damage in the basement.

3. Windows To Maximize Natural Light In Gathering Areas

Windows are also important to allow natural light into your basement. This is why you may want to have gathering areas like kitchens and sitting areas located in an area where windows allow natural light. You can also have solar lights installed that have foil ducts that carry light from the roof to your basement. The solar lights will require that you have space for a chase to install the duct. This can often be done in closet space.

4. Mechanical Installations Located In Free Space

Locating the mechanical systems of your home in the basement is also important. You will want them to be in a space that is not in the way and that is also easy to get to. This is usually the area in the center and back of your basement where you have little need for windows and other features. If you want to have a wine cellar, you may want to reserve the space in the coolest area and locate mechanicals in another space.

With a good plan, you will be able to get the most out of the space in your finished basement. If you are ready to have your basement finished, contact a remodeling contractor (such as one from Hopley Builders Inc) and talk with them about the needs you have for your finished basement.