How to Move Forward With Your Spokane Basement Remodeling

November 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Category: basement finishing

Spokane Basement Remodeling

Spokane Basement Remodeling is a great way to increase the living area in your home. And unlike adding an addition onto your home, ground/site work and installing a new foundation are not required. Consequently a Spokane basement renovation project can be a much more affordable project to do and provide a much higher return on investment.

However before you decide to tackle a Spokane basement remodeling project it is important that you first develop a basement renovation plan.

Goals of Spokane Basement Project

Part of a good finished Spokane basement plan is listing the purposes of the finished basement. For example, will the basement be used for a recreation area, or for bedrooms? Is a bathroom or a kitchen area desired? Is a home theater or wine cellar part of the ultimate plan? Understanding how the basement will be utilized will help in determining what specific engineering and mechanical needs are required in the actual design and plans for the Spokane basement remodeling project.

Making Preliminary Repairs before Spokane Basement Construction

The second major item that should be addressed before tackling a Spokane basement renovation project is taking care of any problems that exist in the basement. A few things you need to keep in mind are:

  • Cracks in the foundation walls or floor need to be repaired before starting the Spokane basement construction project.
  • Leaking or sweating pipes should be repaired before remodeling starts.
  • If the Spokane basement construction plans include plumbing that will require demolition of some of the basement floor it is critical to do this before the rest of the basement construction starts.
  • Consider the size and location of the furnace.
    • You need to determine if the existing furnace will be adequate to properly heat the newly remodeled Spokane basement area. If it is not, a larger furnace may be required.
    • You also need to consider the location of the furnace and the noise it generates. If the furnace is going to be located near a finished Spokane basement area then you may need to wall off and properly insulate the furnace room from the finished basement area.
    • You may also need to modify the furnace design such that fresh air is pulled in from the outside of the home.
  • Insulation of the exterior walls should be considered. During the framing/construction phase, rigid Styrofoam insulation can be installed to help make the remodeled Spokane basement area warmer.
  • Consider insulation requirements before starting the Spokane basement remodeling project.

Spokane Basement Ceilings

When developing a Spokane Basement design, the ceiling choice is an important decision. Many homeowners choose to install dropped ceiling tiles, while others elect to install drywall ceilings. Both have their pros and cons. Dropped ceiling tiles allow easy access to pipes and electrical wiring, however they do impact the ceiling height more dramatically than a drywall ceiling.

Drywall ceilings, on the other hand can give a more finished looked and provide more head room, however access to pipes and wiring is limited. If a drywall ceiling is your preference or requirement due to limited ceiling height, plan for access doors underneath first floor bathtub J-traps, valves, and key electrical junction boxes.

Who will perform the Spokane Basement Remodeling Construction

Deciding on whether to hire a remodeling contractor, or do it yourself is always a big question. Yes, you can save yourself a bundle if you do it yourself. However, frequently many homeowners start a basement project and never complete it.

If you truly want a finished Spokane basement, you need to be honest with yourself on the time commitment and the skills required. If you can not dedicate your next 12-16 weekends to the project, or lack skills in framing and construction, then you should probably hire a Spokane basement remodeling contractor.

A Spokane Basement Remodeling project is a great way to provide additional living space in your home at a fraction of the cost of building an addition onto your home. With proper planning, a finished Spokane basement can become the spot in your home where the family and friends want to spend all of their recreational time. Good luck with your Spokane basement remodeling project!

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