Any home renovation presents its hurdles, but finishing or remodeling a basement provides unique challenges. In addition to the typical concerns of remodeling a living space, basement remodeling requires special attention to be paid to moisture levels, emergency exits, and more. Remodeling an underground space can complicate things, but choosing a knowledgeable contractor and doing your research can help you be prepared. Here are some key points to consider during your next basement remodeling project.
Moisture and Flooding
Water tends to flow downward, and moisture often collects in low spaces like basements and garages. When remodeling your basement, your contractor will have to make a few assessments to determine whether there is excessive moisture present. If there is mold or moisture present, you will have to address it before you can continue your remodeling project in earnest. Your contractor may also determine that your basement is at risk for flooding, in which case you will likely need to install a sump pump.
Entrances and Exits
Basements often have limited exits, and these exits typically let out into the home. Many jurisdictions now require a valid method of exit, or egress, from the basement to the outside. In some places, the minimum requirement is a window that is large enough for a grown adult to crawl through. However, you may decide that you want more substantial exits. Some homeowners decide to put full-sized exterior doors leading from their basement to the outside world. If you have this in mind, be sure to let your contractor know in the beginning stages of your basement remodeling project.
Temperature and Flooring
Basements have a somewhat well-deserved reputation for being cold. Because they are nestled into the ground, basements are often the same temperature as the earth. This can keep them cool in the summer and warm in the winter. While temperature differences and insulation are considerable challenges in their own right, extreme temperatures and moisture can have significant effects on flooring. Materials like hardwood are often not recommended due to the moisture often present in basements, and stone or tile flooring can become oppressively cold in the winter. Many homeowners choose carpet, vinyl, laminate, or engineered wood, but the choice is ultimately up to you!
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