How to Convert Your Basement Into Living Space

Many people have a basement and it stays a dank, dark storage area for most of their residency in a particular home. However, what if you could turn your basement into another room or living space? You could go from having two tenable stories in your home to having three. You could turn your basement into a guest suite, an entertainment area, or you could turn your basement into living quarters for your extended family. Whatever the case, you need to take a few measures to get your basement ready. You can’t simply turn your basement into a living area without taking a few crucial steps. Here is how to convert your basement into a living space.

  1. Make sure that your basement is suitable for a transformation into a living space. Before you can take any measures to transform your basement, you will need to make sure that the area is tenable. For instance, you need to make sure there is enough ceiling space and you need to make sure there are no inherent dangers. When checking for height, you want to include a few inches for insulation and drywall.
  2. Make sure to waterproof your basement so that there are no moisture leaks. If your basement is good to go, you want to effectively waterproof the basement. You can do this by sealing all moisture leaks and fixing any pipes that may have cracks or vulnerabilities. You can also hire a company, likeĀ Westport Basement Waterproofing, to seal your basement. Oftentimes, getting the professionals on board can offer much more effective results.
  3. Make sure to hide utilities with drywall. After the area is waterproofed, you will need to hide all the utilities. This is not only important for the sake of aesthetics, but also safety. You don’t want people to hit their head on pipes and beams. You can hide all these items by installing drywall. Of course, on your outer walls, you’ll want to add insulation. Because basements are against the soil line, insulation will keep the basement warm and cozy.
  4. Make sure that you connect your HVAC system in the basement. After the drywall is in, you’ll want to bring in the HVAC system. Typically, you’ll line up the ductwork behind the drywall and cut the necessary spaces for the grates. You can then pump in warm or cool air depending on the season. Having the ability to climate control the basement living area is important, because the temperatures tend to get a bit extreme in subterranean spaces.
  5. Make sure to bring any other utilities into the basement. On top of everything, you may also want to bring in other utilities into the basement. For instance, you may want to bring in piping for a restroom or a wet bar. You may also want to bring in electricity so that you can hook up a television. In the end, if you want your basement to have the same functionality as the rest of your house, you will need all these utilities.

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