Basement Remodeling Considerations
Are you looking for ways to add value to your home by remodeling? Usually, nothing adds more value to a home more than adding livable square footage. If you have an unused basement, remodeling it may be the easiest and least costly method to increase the value of the house. Here at ModuTile, we specialize in DIY floors, but below is a list of things to consider when remodeling your basement.
- Flooding - Does your basement flood during certain times of the year? If so, your house may not be the best candidate for basement remodeling. If you recently purchased the house, consider talking to your new neighbors to see if they know about recent flooding issues. Remember, that the basement is underground and a strong rain may cause the basement to flood if it is not sealed properly.
- Moisture - Consider sealing your basement walls and basement floors prior to starting any basement-remodeling job. Remember that moisture could lead to mold growth that could result in health issues. When it comes to the basement floor, our basement floor tiles are made from a high-impact polypropylene material that helps minimize the growth of the mold. Check both the floor and the walls to make sure the humidity level is at a safe level for creating living space. If not, you may need to consult with a specialist to properly seal your garage.
- Electrical / Plumbing – We highly recommend having a professional electrician and plumber inspect your basement prior to commencing your project.
- Dry Walls – Use common sense when considering what type of ceiling you will be using. A suspending or hanging ceiling may make your basement feel less cozy than the rest of your house, but may allow easy access to plumbing or electrical wiring for the rest of the house.
- Painting – Because the lack of natural light in a basement environment, it is usually recommended to paint walls with light colors. We also recommend that you paint prior to finalizing the floor and before installing baseboards and other major fixtures. It is usually, easier to do touch-ups after the floor is installed than to have to cover the floor to prevent it from being stained with paint.
- Basement Subfloor – Traditionally, in order to create vapor barriers, floor installers use liners and/or paint coats directly on the concrete. However, in many cases this is not enough to prevent moisture or mold from forming. To correct this issue, the creation of a subfloor with air gaps was born. Because mold does not grow easily on polypropylene, ModuTile’s basement subfloor is great for this application. The basement subfloor tiles have grooves underneath that create an air cushion between the concrete and the top surface. After the subfloor layer is applied, traditional carpet, laminate floor, or even hardwood can be installed on top of it.
- Basement Flooring (Great Alternative) – ModuTile offers various interlocking floor tiles that are great for a quick and inexpensive solution for the basement floor. For many installations where your budget is a major concern, we offer various modular basement tiles that can be installed directly on top of the concrete without the need of a professional installer. ModuTile offers, coin top, diamond top, perforated tiles, carpet tiles and a hybrid tile that mixes the interlocking floor tiles (impact-polypropylene) and traditional vinyl floor tiles.
- Trim and Baseboards – Without baseboards, a room tends to look unfinished and unpolished. Trim boards come in various wood types, vinyl or MDF and are quite inexpensive.
- Light Fixtures – Make sure you install enough light fixtures to make the room feel bright. Bright rooms tend to feel larger. Also, consider how you will be using the added living space and what activities you will be doing most frequently in the basement. This will help you decide what type of lighting you should have.
Before starting these types of projects, consider consulting a professional especially when it comes to electrical and plumbing work. Also, some areas may require permits for some of the work. Check with your local building authority for specific requirements.