Many homeowners leave their basements unfinished and finish the basement later on when they have time and money. Concrete basement finishing can raise the price of the home more cheaply than most other renovation strategies. You can transform your basement into an entertainment center, a home office or even a bedroom.
Determine how you want to use the basement. If you’d like to add a bathroom to the basement you will need to plan out the flooring options such as tile. If you want a home entertainment center, you might want to add carpet. Wait before renovating the basement to make sure that you do not change your mind halfway through the process. Make sure to plan any major construction projects that you will perform in your basement so that you can submit the construction plans to the local building inspector office. Include the features, such as a fireplace, each room’s purpose, the wall dimensions and the sizes of the windows and doors.
Before finishing your basement, you must determine if the basement leaks. Basements develop moisture either from condensation or from leaky walls. You can identify which causes the moisture by placing a sheet of plastic on the wall. Then, check the plastic later to see if the side of the plastic facing the wall has moisture or the side facing away from the wall. If the moisture is on the side facing the wall, you have a basement leak. If its on the side facing away, you have condensation problems. You can fight leaky basements by rerouting downspouts, adding water-resistant paints, using perimeter drains and installing a sump pump.
Some concrete material is very porous, meaning that the concrete can easily absorb stains. By sealing the concrete, you can easily clean up any spills without lasting stains. Sealers not only make the concrete look more shiny, but also increase the concrete longevity. You can also change the appearance of your basement with various dyes and stamps. Homeowners can choose between different colors when finishing the basement. While concrete basements are often a dull gray by default, homeowners can often dye their concrete other colors to give the basement more personality. You can make your concrete look like a variety of other types of material, such as slate or bricks, by using concrete stamping. Contractors can alter the appearance of the concrete through paints, etchings, polishes, acid stains, engraving and epoxy floor paints.
If you do not like the concrete look of your basement, you can always add carpeting. Before adding the carpet, you must make sure that you have an adequate vapor barrier. Lay a sheet over the concrete and then lay plywood over the sheet. Carpet padding goes over the plywood and the carpet goes over the carpet padding.