Practical Finishing Tips for Basements
When you’re thinking of getting practical ideas about finishing your basement as the space can provide an additional function area in the house, aside from adding value to your home, the first consideration that must be done before contacting a contractor is to contact first your insurance agent as basements may not be included as insured in your home insurance policy and it’s, therefore, important to deal on this first thing first.
Knowing the building codes for basements can be a big help, especially if there are great plans to finish a long, neglected basement and, thus, a homeowner must be knowledgeable on these standard requirements to allow for more comfortable room elbow in the basement, such as having at least 7×7 feet basement room space area with a minimum ceiling height of over 50% of the floor area or about 84 inches and that bathrooms or hallways must also have at least 76 inches height and the windows must have the following measurements: 20 inches wide, 24 inches high and 44 inches off the floor.
As soon as you have processed for insuring the basement and working on your design concept with the contractor on your proposed basement, your primary concern to deal with next is the ceiling design and how to conceal protruding pipes, ducts and wires that are visible following ideas provided for by contractors, such as dropping the ceiling height to hide these objects or using chases and soffits to box in the pipes and ducts or the practical approach of adopting a drywall technique which is using moisture-resistant drywalls or fiber-glass faced drywalls to conceal the objects, so that the basement ceiling will look like its an extension of the other room ceilings.
Another critical aspect in finishing basements is the lighting used, where there are concealed pipes or ducts, an indirect lighting can be installed and because the ceiling height is a bit lower than standard, ambient lighting, which is lighting reflected up off the ceiling, is preferred than light directed down or spend extra in hiring a professional lighting designer as good lighting design in a basement spells out the difference so that even energy-efficient lighting fixtures should be considered. Aside from the lighting fixtures, as much as possible, it is advisable that natural light can be availed of by fixing a window in one of the basement area where natural light may pass through it, using an egress window big enough for a person to exit through it, which can also serve as not just for allowing natural light to enter the basement, but also as an exit passage for a person to go out in case of emergency cases.
It helps to be prepared when finishing the basement by waterproofing it, as basements are prone to be flooded due to the formation of clogged pipes over a long period of time, such that water will seep in and drip into the basement, so, therefore, preparing for a moisture-resistant floor tiles and installing floor drains will help in minimizing the flood that may eventually happen in the basement.