TAB Associates Tips for Renovating Your Basement
Basement renovations can be challenging because many basements were not built with the intention of them becoming living spaces. Don’t let the challenges keep you from the basement remodel you’ve been planning. Here are a few tips for success:
- If ductwork or piping means you won’t have enough head space in a remodeled basement, consider digging down to add ceiling height.
- In older basements, make sure you check for hazardous materials such as asbestos and lead. These can cause harm if you start ripping them up without taking the proper safety precautions.
- To make sure noise in your remodeled basement does not spread through the home, include sound insulation in the ceiling along with other sound mitigating techniques.
- Keep exit requirements in mind. Most municipalities require emergency exits, so you may have to include a window in your design that’s large enough to crawl out of.
- Check for moisture issues before you begin renovating. If there is water seeping into a part of the basement, have it fixed before proceeding so you don’t end up with soggy materials. This may include waterproofing walls and/or adding a sump pump to extract the water.
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