Keep the following special characteristics in mind as you go through the steps of finshing your own basement:
Moisture - Basements are prone to moisture. They are also cooler. This combination produces a growth environment for mold, mildew and fungus. As you plan and complete your project, make sure to take precautions to eliminate any existing problems in this area as well as prevent problems in the future. You'll invest time, money, and effort into finishing your own basement. Don't let your efforts be wasted.
Access - Your basement has plumbing and electrical workings. There may also be other mechanical equipment requiring easy access. Accomplishing easy access to these necessary areas may be a bit tricky. Taking the time to provide access to these important necessities can save you time and money later. It can be very costly to cut through drywall or other materials for emergency access. You will definitely want to consider placing pre-cut, removable sections in these specific areas.
Finishing Your Own Basement
Step One - Evaluate the current condition of your basement. This step is crucial to the long-term success of finishing your own basement. Covering areas that have moisture or mold problems only hides the condition. You're setting yourself up for more expense if you don't solve the problem now. By fixing and taking preventative measures now you can avoid having to replace damaged sheetrock, plywood, and other materials later.
If you do have moisture problems, begin by finding the source. Common sources are improper landscaping, poor airflow, and leaks from inside your home. Your local home improvement center can provide you with information about waterproofing and correcting your problems.
Step Two - Design the plans for finishing your own basement. Most likely you already have a general idea of what you want. Whether it is a family room, a private gym, a home office, or additional bedrooms, you'll need to commit your plans to paper in order to make sure you have adequate materials, supplies, and tools available before you begin finishing your own basement.
Be sure to include the following:
You will now want to begin to investigate the types and styles of materials you want. Using online resources will greatly speed up this process. There are special construction calculators that will assist in computing quantities, as well as many resources to get an overview of styles, designs, and grades. Once you have this information, you're ready to purchase and begin work.
By carefully working through these steps, before you begin finishing your own basement, you will be able to create beautiful, long-lasting and functional space from your unfinished area.
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