Basement remodeling is one of our most sought after home improvement services in Michigan. A finished basement can add instant value to your home while simultaneously expanding the usable living space. Whether you want this to be a play room for your children, a man cave for your husband, or anything else along those lines, you can benefit from having a remodeled basement in your home. Here are some tips and tricks for basement remodeling in Michigan so you can get the most out of your investment.
Seal The Concrete
Before you frame up the basement and add drywall to the walls, make sure you have the basement professionally sealed. Basement waterproofing is a special process that prevents water from seeping into a home’s foundation through pores in the concrete. Because of the non-absorbent sand in Michigan’s soil from the Great Lakes, there may be a lot of free-standing water around your home’s foundation after heavy rain and snow storms. This water can cause cracks, mold, mildew, and a number of other problems that are costly to repair. By sealing off the space before you remodel it, you can avoid by issues later on.
Choose Easy-To-Clean Flooring
Even if your basement is fully remodeled, it is still a possible source of flooding. This is where a lot of the plumbing for your home runs, and it is probably where you have your washer and dryer. Ideally, you should opt for tile or hardwood flooring because it is easy to clean. Carpet is much more likely to hold onto moisture that gets trapped down in your basement, making it prone to mold growth. Talk to your basement remodelers about the best flooring options for you.
Use Light Colors And Bright Lighting
Basements have a tendency to feel dull and cave-like, even after they are remodeled. That is because these spaces lack the windows the upper levels have to let in natural lighting. In order to compensate for that, use light colors in your interior design to make the space feel as open and lively as possible. Opt for recessed lighting throughout the space that can create a cascade of light from one wall to the next. The brighter you can make the space look, the less it will feel like a basement.
Install A Bathroom In The Basement
No matter what your plans may be for your finished basement, you should incorporate a bathroom in there. This provides an extra function to the space and makes it more versatile. Let’s say you want to transform your man cave into a studio apartment later on so you can use it as income property. With the bathroom already in place, you would simply need to add a kitchen and make sure your basement is up to code for a rental unit.
For more advice from our Michigan basement remodeling contractors, feel free to give us a call at (800) 786-0100 to schedule your free consultation.