More often than not, homeowners usually overlook the potential of a basement. Some leave it unfinished for years; most use it as an extra storage space where they can dump things barely used. Basements are a gold mine, however, when it comes to home design, especially considering how it can be used as a multifunctional living space to maximize your home to its full potential. Whether it’s to turn it into an office, a playhouse for your kids, a home movie theatre, or just a gathering hub, there are ways to get the most out of the room and transform it into a fully functional basement.
Tip #1: Consider the height of your basement
Having a higher ceiling allows more freedom of space to walk through. Even if the room itself is small, ensuring you have a higher ceiling can help make it feel brighter and more breathable to live in. In cases where it is too low, you can have it underpinned to extend the foundation and make way for a higher reach. Accent light fixtures and modern chandeliers are a great addition to brighten up space – literally and figuratively in its overall appeal.
In that regard, the existing structure of the basement will play a significant role in what kind of ceiling you can have installed. In a typical home, beams and pipes are exposed and you have the choice to cover it using tiles or drywall, or even leave it exposed for a modernist vibe.
Tip #2: Consider the walls & insulation
Basements are typically an uncompleted room in your house, usually exposing the wall as either cement, block, or brick. For the place to be usable, ensure to add moisture barriers before finishing off the walls. This is so that any moisture that seeps in will dry from the inside, while the warm air is prevented from reaching the cold masonry wall. To ensure its success, install rigid insulation and a drainage plane to have better control over the temperature of the room.
Tip #3: Consider the flooring
Similar to walls, floors need to have moisture protection before finishing it off. Vapour barriers are ideal for matching with a grid of sleeper where plywood subflooring is held in place. You can place the rigid insulation in between the sleepers. Adding a water-resistant 2×2 subfloor panel system such as Dricore is one way to ensure your floor is free from any moisture. Once you got the flooring down to a pat, you’re free to enhance it with ceramic, vinyl tiles, sheet flooring, or engineered wood to complete the makeover.
Tip #4: Consider the heating and cooling
Having proper insulation within your walls, floors, and ceilings help in regulating the temperature. To push it to an even more comfortable point, you’ll have to invest in a qualified Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) professional to assess your current situation and analyze the capacity of your space. In cases where installing an HVAC system is not possible, other options like electric heaters can be a good alternative too. There’s also the possibility of adding several mini-split air conditioners that can both heat up or cool down your space.
Tip #5: Consider the lighting
When all that is said and done, it all boils down to the final lighting. Good lighting has the power to transform the whole ambience of a room, which is necessary for typically cramped and dingy spaces like basements. Use pot lighting; low profile LED ceiling fixtures to track light are good options to brighten up space. It’s also a good idea to have windows installed if the option is available, as well as an emergency exit as an alternative when needed.
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