A finished basement lets you get the most out of an otherwise unused space. Remodeling contractor Advantage Contracting shares practical considerations for basement finishing projects.
Building Codes — Before coming up with the floor plan, consider local and international building codes. For example, basements need to have an egress window that has a minimum height and width of 24-by-20 inches, a minimum sill height of 44 inches and has to be operable from indoors without special equipment. Working with certified contractors can help ensure compliance with building codes.
Floor Plan — Basements are different from other rooms in the house. For instance, there will be limitations to the number of windows and what window styles can be installed. For example, if you intend to have a socializing area in the basement—perhaps a coffee table, a couch and a few small seats—then it has to be positioned in a spot where there’s natural light. Another benefit of working with basement and bathroom remodeling contractors like us is that, in addition to design, we can help you come up with a good floor plan.
Don’t Skimp on the Waterproofing — Basement waterproofing is less about leaks and flooding and more about the moisture coming from the soil. Improper waterproofing can make the basement feel damp and unpleasant. Mold is also more likely to grow in it. It is also a good idea to address gutter problems as the overflowing rainwater can get into the basement.
Leave Space Around the Furnace — Creating a partition around the furnace and hot water storage tank can create a cleaner look for your basement. However, you should not box them in tightly. Ideally, you should have around two to three feet of clearance, enough for you or your HVAC technician to move around when performing maintenance. Alternatively, consider a removable partition if an enclosure will take up too much space.
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