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At first glance, an unfinished basement can be an indeterminate rough, bare, and empty space.
On the one hand, it has limitless potential, and it can offer ample space for expanding liveable square footage.
On the other hand, however, all that open space can make it hard to envision what your basement COULD look like.
There are many ways to approach basement renovations. The entire area can be left open, or it can be divided into rooms. It can be elegantly finished or it can be given a rustic design. The only limits are the boundaries of your imagination.
Our basement renovation team will help you with the design and building procedures of your project from drawings through the permit phase. With years of experience we have finished many basements in the capital region and look forward to helping you with your basement renovation project.
Some things to consider before finishing your basement renovation include:
You will probably encounter visible duct work and/or a low ceiling level. You can decide to either live with a lower ceiling or you can frame boxes around the duct work and have the rest of the ceiling higher. You can also move the duct work, but that is an expensive job.
A dampness problem in a finished basement can open the door to all kinds of problems. The dampness will make the area feel cooler or warmer. But more important, the dampness will breed mold and mildew. So the first step in finishing a basement is to correct any dampness problems and then seal the floor and walls carefully.
Concrete floors may be hard on your back, legs or feet if you plan activities that require prolonged standing. Choosing floor covering can take a little more time and effort than for other rooms. First, attend to potential dampness.
If you have a “sunlight basement” (meaning that at least one wall is above ground and has windows to let in sunlight), providing light for part of the area will be much easier. In areas without windows, you will need to really pay attention to lighting. Choosing energy-efficient fixtures and light bulbs will help to protect the environment and save you money.