5 Common Basement Remodeling Mistakes

We all want our homes to look good. It’s important for some of us, especially those living in the suburbs with large backyards and a lot of space, to be able to entertain guests in their basement. But not everyone has that luxury- many people live in smaller apartments or condominiums where it isn’t possible to have an outside entertaining area. So how do you go about making your basement feel like a real home? 

Basement Remodeling

Basement remodeling is a trend that has been going on for years to add value, beauty, and function. There are many different ways people choose to do it themselves or hire professionals who can make the job of basement contractors more streamlined and efficient.

  • Soundproofing and Insulate.

Insulation and soundproofing are crucial aspects of any home. The louder your footsteps, the less enjoyable it is for others on a lower floor to hear you coming or going all day long. It can be just as annoying when laughter from another room penetrates through walls at night when they don’t even know what’s happening in there! With proper insulation and other noise-reducing methods like baffles or specialty materials for dampening sounds, everyone will have an opportunity to enjoy their new basement without being disturbed by outside noises that shouldn’t belong inside anyway – no matter how funny those out-of-context peels of laughter may seem after hours (or days).

  • No Adequate ventilation and moisture control.

It’s important to inspect the waterproofing aspect of your basement if it is already five years old. It could be that water leaks and moisture build-up may have been happening inside your unfinished basement for a long time without you realizing it, which can result in molds or mildew growing on some corners and tiles within. If not dealt with quickly enough, they will hasten the decaying process of all organic materials and fixtures!

  • Improper Lighting Installation

Basements are located underground, so there’s very minimal light going inside them. This makes it creepy and uninviting! To resolve this dilemma we can install windows, artificial lights, or skylights in your basement. We practically include proper lighting in our basement remodeling services since its installation will up the airy and refreshing ambiance of any room you put it in – including a finished basement. 

Three different types of room lighting:

  • Standard – for general area light 
  • Accent – to spotlight decorative pieces or accent walls 
  • Task – for more focused brightness like reading lamps aimed at bookcases or low                ceilings

  • Forgetting about the drainage system

Water intrusion is a serious threat to any homeowner, but it’s especially problematic for people living in low-lying areas. If you live below sea level and have a basement that floods often, before finishing your basement, you should inspect the current drainage system of your house and check with local authorities on whether or not there are regulations about draining water from home foundations.

A flooded basement can cause significant damage to your home. Avoid the headache and anxiety by ensuring that you have a backup sump pump installed if flooding is common where you live or have water seepage near your fixtures, like appliances. If not addressed in time, an overflowing sink could lead to severe damage of all sorts!

  • Excess Rooms

As you’re getting ready to start your basement remodel, keep in mind that there are different ways of partitioning it for its intended use. One way is by using half-wall dividers or movable partitions; another option could be furniture placement. When choosing the best type of divider for what you want to do with a certain space, make sure it’s not too cramped and offers plenty of airflows!


Other important considerations

Neglecting Building Codes and Get Necessary Permits

A basement is an often-desired feature in many homes. However, this desire can be met with a downside if you are not aware of the necessary restrictions and codes that must first be followed before doing any remodeling or renovations on your home’s basement space. Your unfinished spaces will need to meet fire safety requirements as well as building code standards for stairwells, flooring materials (including carpet installation), lighting fixtures, etc

Your design-build team make sure rules and regulations are followed in the following four ways:

  • Avoid costly mistakes with these guidelines
  • Follow the rules and regulations before remodeling 
  • Get peace of mind knowing your home is up to code
  • Enjoy a brighter space for entertaining and family time

There are also important considerations around ingress and egress points at all times; these include width dimensions when exiting through doors located within the foundation wall line – which should allow someone who cannot exist safely without needing assistance from others while running out into traffic coming up. 

So, be sure to call your remodeling contractor and get a permit before they begin work. You’ll also want to make sure that you do the right thing with any changes made for them to meet building codes and avoid fines or other penalties.

Pleasant Hill Remodel Stamped Concrete Project

Those are some final considerations to make before you start your basement renovation. Do not forget the safety first! Make sure there is adequate lighting in each area of a room with emergency exit signs and that all electrical outlets work properly, as well as protection from water leaks by using waterproofing sealant on joints or installing an additional interior barrier called “plastic vapor retarder.” These suggestions will ensure peace of mind knowing everything has been taken care of for this project.

Don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have questions about permits, licensing requirements, or anything else related to basement remodels. We look forward to hearing from you!

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