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4 Steps To Turn Your Basement Into A Living Space

Story Highlights
  • 1 - Add Ventilation
  • 2 - Waterproof and Soundproof
  • 3 - Get the Wiring Done
  • 4 - Create a Design Plan

When you have a home of your own, we’re always thinking of new and innovative ways to utilise the space that we have.

We often don’t realise that we can take something and transform it into something entirely different for a different function than what it was originally designed for.

If you have a basement that’s not really being used for much except storage, then get rid of the clutter or have it put in an external storage unit, and start working on turning it into a proper living space.

We’re going to give you a guide that will walk you through the steps you need to take to turn your basement into a wonderful living space:

1 – Add Ventilation

The first thing you want to have taken care of is the ventilation.

If this is a room that you are going to be spending time in, you have to remember that basements weren’t originally designed to be living spaces.

This is why you need to get someone in to make sure that you have a proper ventilation system, along with heating and cooling according to the location and the climate you live in.

2 – Waterproof and Soundproof

Some basements do tend to get damp during the rainy season, so you need to have that taken care of before you think about doing any kind of flooring.

Look up the best basement waterproofing services in your area, so they can come in and inspect your basement. This way, they’ll be able to come up with the best solution for you and advise you on what kind of flooring to do as well.

You also want to soundproof the basement to ensure privacy, especially if you’re going to turn this into an entertainment room of sorts. The soundproofing will be done on the walls, so make sure you understand what layers need to be added to make it properly soundproofed.

3 – Get the Wiring Done

An extremely important step to have done before you start anything is actually to get the electrical wiring done.

You might also need to have the plumbing checked as well in case you’d like to have a small bathroom or even a washbasin installed. 

4 – Create a Design Plan

Once you have the foundation of the basement sorted, it’s time to really implement the plan you have in mind.

Keep it simple and don’t clutter it up with too many things, because basements are stuff enough as it is, so your aim is to keep it simple and work with the colors, decor, furniture, and lighting in a way that allows it to be a comfortable setting.

Furthermore, there is some initial foundation check that you need to make before you get to work on transforming your basement into a living area. This is because it isn’t really designed for living, so you have to make sure that you have the wiring, ventilation, wall details and flooring looked into and sorted before you can start designing the room to your liking.

Create a plan and get the right professionals involved, and you’re good to go!

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