In the past, the basement did not bare any significance in the home. It was just a place to store old or unused items. Today’s basements have evolved even more than recreational rooms and they are being transformed into spectacular spaces for family room, home office, gym and guest room. With a little imagination, the possibilities are limitless. Here are a few guidelines that you should follow:
Ceiling – If you are thinking of developing your basement into something more, the first thing you should think about is the type of ceiling you are going to have for the basement. Discuss with a credible builder the kind of ceiling that will be suitable for your basement. For instance, if your basement ceiling height is below eight feet, the builder can suggest finishing off the ceiling with sheet rock or gyprock, and create access panels to pipes and wiring.
Lighting – Normally, basements are dark spaces because they are below your house. That is why you should pay close attention to lighting in your basement. Most people opt for recessed lighting for the basement. If you pair this kind of lighting with ambient lighting, you will have sufficient lighting in your basement without taking up too much of the floor space. Your electrician will suggest other options of lighting if your basement is not tall enough for recessed lighting.
Flooring – When choosing the floor type of the basement, consider the purpose of basement after renovation. For instance, if you are creating a playroom for your kids, you should go for a soft floor such as wood, mats or carpeting. If it is a bathroom or kitchen, then tiles are an excellent option. Ensure that you communicate your needs to the contractor so that you get exactly what you want.