Keystone Homes | Finishing Your Home's Basement
Take back your basement. Spiders, mold, cobwebs, and other creepy crawlies have called your basement home for too long. Take back your basement and turn it into a proper living space. Keystone Homes, the trusted home builder and remodeler in Bloomington-Normal, can't wait to work with you on your basement renovation project.
More About Finished Basements
It used to be that basements were a common renovation project, whether the intention was a work shop, a place to do laundry, or various iterations of what came to be called "the man cave." That trend dipped for awhile, as people were overwhelmed by the dark, dingy nature of their basement and didn't see the value of a renovation. Lately, though, homeowners have revisited basement remodeling and have reaped benefits from doing so.
If you're considering renovating or remodeling your basement, you're not alone -- in fact, you're in good company. As we'll detail below, you might find a basement remodel to be of greater value than other areas of home renovation.
The first thing to do is measure your basement area and then draw out your basement walls on a piece of graph paper. Toy around with different layouts and see what you like and don’t like.
Importance of a Building Permit:
- Resale Value: home buyers will likely request (and prefer) to see permits for home additions and renovations (which, of course, includes finished basements). A lack of a building permit will lower the value of renovations (and of your house as a whole)
- Safety of occupants. Ensuring that your home and any renovations are up to code will help guarantee security and safety of your home. If you're not sure if your home meets code standards, you can always call an inspector.
Before immersing yourself in a basement renovation, call your city building department and ask how to acquire a permit. They will walk you through the process and help you get started. You'll likely need a design plan for your basement, and you'll fill out a building application permit.
What Is Needed To Finish A Basement
First things first: proper preparation. Before getting neck deep into your project, you'll want to do a radon test as well to be sure the space is completely radon-free. 1 in 15 houses have a radon issue, so don’t get stuck being the 1 in 15 that doesn’t get a test. You'll also want to check for moisture and mold, as well as the integrity of floor joists and other structural elements.
Wiring & electronics: you're going to need power in the basement. Your home may already have the subpanel in the basement, or it may be located somewhere else.
Finishing your basement also involves mudding, taping, and hanging drywall. While a straightforward task, it is not easily, and it does require a certain level of dedication. If you attempt to take shortcuts or if you aren't at least decently skilled in the process, it will be visible in the final product.
Why Finish My Basement? Benefits of Doing So
As mentioned above, home owners have rediscovered the value of adding a finished basement to their home. Many have recognized that the lower levels (as opposed to room additions) made a lot of sense, as they were already part of the house, had a roof, walls, ceiling, foundation, and a sewer hookup. many architects and contractors put the cost savings of redoing a basement versus an addition at one-third to one-half less, depending on project scope, area of the country, and professionals hired.
Tips For Finishing My Basement
Make sure the socializing area has plenty of lighting, preferably natural light, as people are naturally less inclined to spend time in a darker place (unless it's a home theater)
Consider improving the staircase so it resembles a more traditional open one rather than remain narrow and confined. Paint treads and risers white and use a runner from a carpet remnant down the middle to enhance appeal
Consider nonwool carpet tiles that are easy to replace and warmer than vinyl, which tends to trap moisture and humidity, says designer William Caligari. On walls and ceilings, use drywall or sheetrock for the same reason.
Be sure to leave enough headroom if you add lighting, ducts, or a new ceiling; you don't want the height to be less than 7'6" but preferably 8' high
Don't seal off existing mechanical systems, circuit breakers, and future plumbing lines; professionals need access for maintenance and repairs.
Bedrooms need a window for egress, so they'll need to be located at the perimeter.
Don't spend more than 10 percent of your home's value on refinishing your basement; better yet, stay between 5 and 10 percent.
Keystone Homes | Finished Basements in Bloomington IL
2203 Eastland Drive, Suite 6
Bloomington, IL 61704