Eliminate Moisture Problems
Moisture can really do a number on a basement! Home improvement expert Danny Lipford notes that a basement can let in an average of 18 gallons of moisture each day.
Lipford suggests looking for these telltale signs of moisture:
Don't let moisture ruin your basement refinishing job! The Total Basement Finishing system can eliminate moisture problems by installing an ENERGY STAR® dehumidifier and by using an exclusive selection of basement finishing products that can't support mold or be damaged by moisture.
Double-Check Building Codes
Different areas have different building codes. And in recent years there have been changes to the building codes throughout Great Britain; specifically pertaining to the section of those codes covering "site preparation and resistance to contaminants and moisture." We recommend checking with your local building department before you begin to work on your basement.
Accentuate The Positive
While your basement doesn't have as much natural light as the rest of the house, it does have a solid floor that can be an ideal base for a pool table, arcade games, or a treadmill and weightlifting equipment.
Feeling artistic? Instead of trying to hide some of your basement's exposed joists and ductwork, you can paint these features to create an industrial, loft-like theme.
Consider All The Possibilities
It's worth it to spend time collecting design ideas that can help you envision the new living space you'll be creating. Take advantage of the free basement design consultation and quote that's available with your Total Basement Finishing dealer.
Aim To Finish The Entire Basement
Apart from the added cost of finishing the entire basement, this approach will leave you without a utility area where tools, luggage, and seasonal items can be stored. Your money will be better spent creating a premium-quality space in a more limited area.
Since there's not much natural light coming in from outside, a finished basement needs a well-designed lighting scheme. Fluorescent lights, integrated into a finished drop ceiling, provide excellent general-purpose lighting that's also energy efficient. You may also want a special light fixture, such as a decorative lamp over a pool table or a small spot light aimed at a dart board.
Skimp On The Details
It's the little things you do that will make your basement stand out and turn it into a room that everyone wants to be in. Add some decorative lighting around a seating area, put up some photos around your home office space, or hang a large mirror on the wall of your gym.
You can even give the room a theme. Installing a basement bar? Put in a retro jukebox and hang old record albums on the walls. Don't neglect finishes that you'd use for the rest of your house, either. Famed US home-finisher and TV host Bob Villa suggests adding things like crown molding to make the room look more complete.
Be Afraid To Express Yourself!
This new living space is yours, so go nuts! Make it whatever you want it to be. Take your basement down a funky route by adding bean bag chairs, beaded curtains and a lava lamp, or add sports memorabilia so you can host Premier League or World Cup parties for years to come.
Whatever you decide to do, let us help! Total Basement Finishing is a great system to start your basement design project with. Search through our site for great basement finishing tips and to get a free basement finishing quote in Great Britain today!
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