Many homeowners choose to finish their basements to add more usable square footage and value to their home. There are many factors to consider before finishing your basement. Houzz states, “The challenge of creating an inviting and beautiful space is greater in the basement, where the systems and infrastructure of your house need to be concealed tastefully. A finished basement definitely adds value to your home, but be sure to check with your insurance agent. Some finished basements may not be insured — and don’t expect a bedroom there to count in the total of bedrooms when you sell the house.”
Consider our top tips for taking it down under and converting your basement into an awesome bonus room for your family.
The average homeowner doesn’t know all the building codes and specifications that come into play when finishing a basement. From insulation and structural rules to electrical codes, a professional contractor will be well versed in local and state building codes and how they will affect your basement renovation.
Install a Backup Sump Pump
According to Bob Villa, “A sump pump sits in the basement, either beneath (in the case of a submersible pump) or above the floor. It pumps out water that collects in the sump basin, discharging it to the outdoors.” If your home doesn’t have flooding issues, one sump pump is usually more than enough. However, if your home is susceptible to flooding and you want to finish the basement, a secondary sump pump is a necessity to protect the investment of your finished basement and home.
Leave the Utility Room Alone
Don’t let the goal of extra living space cut into the vital square footage around your utility units. The DIY Network states, “Keep the space housing an HVAC unit or units and water heaters clear, open, and unfinished. These spaces have specific code requirements for spacing and framing, plus you’ll need access for inspection and/or repairs. You may be tempted to finish off this area, but keep it simple to avoid problems later.”
Plan for the Future
If you are building a home with an unfinished basement you may be asked whether you want to plan for a future basement bathroom with rough in plumbing. If you think it’s even slightly possible you will finish the basement at some point in the future, it’s a good idea to have the plumbing setup now. It will save you a lot of money and hassle in the future if the plumbing is already in place for the installation of a future vanity, toilet, and maybe even a shower.
Imagine the Possibilities
Request a Design Consultation with MBS Interiors and start planning for your finished basement today! Our professional designers will help create your dream basement with endless possibilities from a basement bath to a full kitchen and bar. Contact us today!