Imagine your dream basement. Is it a game room where your children disappear for hours? Is it a sleek lounge with a home bar? Is it a place with a cozy couch, perfect for snuggling on a rainy Sunday afternoon?
It’s time to transform your dream basement into a reality. Finish your basement and enjoy the rewards it has to offer. A remodeled basement creates a new space to hang out, and it provides homeowners with a 70% ROI or more!.
What’s the secret recipe for finally finishing your basement? Here are six top-notch tips for completing your basement upgrades.
1. Clean Your Basement
First things first, remove all of that extra junk lying around your basement. Cleaning your basement will allow you to get organized and brainstorm new ways to utilize the space.
Start by getting rid of things you don’t need. This includes old clothing, toys, furniture, electronics, and outdated appliances.
If you do not need an item that’s still in decent condition, consider selling it on Facebook Marketplace or at a yard sale. The earnings your make from decluttering can finance your basement remodel.
Psychologists claim that clutter causes stress, but decluttering leads to improved productivity. When you peer into a messy and unorganized basement, you’re not going to feel motivated to finish your renovation. Eliminating the junk can be the push you need to get going on your basement remodel.
2. Decrease Moisture
Before you can enjoy a newly remodeled basement, test the moisture. A basic basement remodel should include waterproofing. Decrease the moisture levels to ensure your new space is comfortable and safe.
To waterproof your basement, make sure downspouts are directed away from your foundation. Use waterproof paint on the basement’s interior. Add an extra storm drain or a pit with a sump pump to remove excess water.
Even if you don’t think water will be a problem, a coat of waterproof paint can prevent any future issues and give you peace of mind.
You may also want to consider dehumidifiers for your basement. These devices reduce moisture and decrease your risk of mold, mildew, and dust mites. They’re not disruptive and run with hardly any noise. Dehumidifiers are placed in basements to ensure optimal air quality.
3. Install Insulation
A key part of finishing a basement is to ensure comfort in the new space. If you want to utilize your basement all year round, install insulation.
Insulating your basement prevents heat loss. The padding minimizes thermal bridging to reduce heat loss through your home’s foundation.
Not only will insulation keep your basement cozy in the winter, but it saves homeowners money by trapping more heat. Insulation can also protect against moisture and condensation.
Green Building Advisor recommends homeowners insulate their basements if they live in a Climate 3 zone or colder. This includes anything north of Alabama, like Nebraska.
4. Update Basement Lighting
One of the easiest basement upgrades is touching up your downstairs lighting. There are a variety of different options when it comes to setting the ambiance in your newly finished basement.
Track lighting consists of multiple fixtures attached to a continuous track with electrical conductors. Track lighting is easy to install and doesn’t take up a ton of space. You can integrate spot fixtures for accents or floodlights for enhanced ambiance.
Pendant lights add an extra element of pizzazz to your newly finished basement. These types of lights hover down, which look great in a low-ceilinged basement. Pendant lights come in a variety of designs and colors.
Recessed lighting looks fabulous in a suspended basement ceiling. The lights are bright without causing any glares. They’re also ideal for basements designed for games and activities. Since the fixtures are installed into your ceiling, you won’t have to worry about damage from a rogue ping pong ball.
5. Pick the Perfect Flooring
New floors could be the finishing touch your basement is missing. Flooring directly impacts the way you experience a room. It impacts the home’s acoustics. For example, a cozy carpet is much more inviting compared to cold concrete.
Some of the most popular basement flooring options include tile, carpet, and vinyl.
Adding another room to your home can mean there’s more to manage, but not when you install tile in your basement. Tile flooring is easy to clean and gives your new basement a polished appearance.
Carpet is easy to install and takes your basement’s comfort to the next level. Some people steer clear of carpet in their basement due to flooding and water leaks. However, it’s inexpensive to lift and dry the basement carpet if the situation calls for it.
Vinyl floors can resemble wood, even though they aren’t. The appearance makes your basement look gorgeous and classy. Vinyl is durable, fast to install, and resistant to water.
6. Boost Basement Organization
Decluttering is a good way to motivate yourself to finish your basement, but it’s essential to ensure you can maintain the organization. If not, your basement masterpiece may lose its appeal.
While remodeling, work in organizational fixtures. Add extra shelving units or a closet where you can store games, toys, or miscellaneous items. Incorporate wooden crates, wire baskets, pegboards, and plastic cubbies for simple storage.
Separating your basement into zones can also help you maintain better organization. If you’re storing decorations downstairs, separate the bins into seasonal categories. Not only will this keep your basement in order, but it will make it much easier to find what you’re looking for.
Ready to Finish Your Basement? We Can Help
Now that you know how to remodel a basement, don’t be afraid to ask for a helping hand. Royal Construction is an award-winning remodeling company headquartered in Ralston, Nebraska. Our professional remodeling and design team is happy to assist you and finish your basement remodel once and for all.
If you’re ready to achieve the basement you’ve been dreaming about, contact our team. We’re Omaha’s residential remodeling experts.