One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make is neglecting to finish their basement. Sure, it can be useful for storage and as a dark, damp laundry area. However, it will be a lot more useful renovated into something else, as well as help to better increase the property value of your home.
Before plowing head first into this project though, you must first make sure it is ready for the conversion. An unfinished basement that has been nothing else for so many years, will require some preparation. Especially in the ever-rainy Seattle area, where basements tend to be in a constant state of damp.
Getting Your Space Ready
Although basements are not as common in Western Washington as Eastern, there are more than enough here – and plenty that could still use a makeover. If you are considering finishing, or remodeling, your basement, here are some things to take care of, first:
The first and most vital step is making it dry. This may be something as simple caulking, or it may require something more extensive, like grading a soil slope. Either way, it can be done, and your home will thank you for it. Even if you were not going to complete your basement, keeping the foundation of your home dry is vital for the structural integrity.
Next, it is all about insulating and sealing the rim joists. Without doing so, you are doing nothing but leaking energy. So, the good news is that once you take care of this necessary step, your basement, as well as your entire home, will be more energy-efficient. That means lower utility bills, as well as a more Eco-friendly household.
The professional you work with should also install drainage mats. What are these? These basic mats help a great deal with enabling air to circulate under the floor, providing a moisture barrier. This helps reduce the ability for the cold to get in, as well as makes it less likely for moisture intrusion.
Keep in mind, aside from dampness, one of the biggest obstacles to tackle is making it feel less enclosed and dark. Plan your renovations to avoid having too many smaller sections that will make it feel even more confined. Plus, include any natural light you can, if possible, and plenty of well-planned artificial light.
Find the Perfect Experts
That means working with Seattle Style Remodel to get the results that you want. With over 75 years of combined experience in our field, you can rest assured that you will love the final results that we are able to provide for you. Let’s work together to ensure that you get everything you hoped for with your basement remodeling job.