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Basement Finishing: Top 5 Things To Consider Before You Start

February 23rd, 2018 | 1 min read

By Michael Flory

Unfinished basement

A basement can be so much more than just a storage space. This is why basement finishing is such a popular choice for those looking to add extra living space to their home.

With a little imagination and some elbow grease, your basement can become an extra bedroom, home office, entertainment room, or anything else you can dream up! But before you start your project, there are a few aspects you'll need to take into consideration.

1. Waterproofing
One of the most important (and often overlooked) aspects of finishing a basement is waterproofing. A wet or damp basement is not only unhealthy, but it's also unmanageable. Before you start any construction, make sure the space is properly waterproofed to avoid any future issues.

2. Insulation
Once your basement is waterproofed, the next step is insulation. This will help keep the space warm in the winter and cool in the summer—essential for any comfortable living space.

unfinished basement with HVAC

3. Ventilation
Another key element of a finished basement is ventilation. This is important for two reasons: first, it prevents musty odors from taking over the space; and second, it helps circulate air to avoid stuffiness. Proper ventilation will ensure your basement is a comfortable place to spend time in.

4. Flooring
One of the final aspects you'll need to consider for your basement finishing project is flooring. Depending on the intended use of the space, you'll want to choose a flooring material that is durable and easy to clean. Carpet might seem like a cozy option, but it's not always the best choice for a space that might get wet or damp. Tile or vinyl flooring are both good options for basements.

Well-lit basement bar area

5. Lighting
Last but not least, don't forget about lighting! because basements tend to be darker than other areas of the house, carefully planned lighting is essential for a well-finished space. Consider installing recessed lighting or track lighting to brighten up the area.

Basement finishing projects can add valuable living space to your home—but before you start, there are a few things you need to take into consideration. Waterproofing, insulation, ventilation, flooring, and lighting are all important aspects of creating a comfortable and functional basement space. With careful planning and execution, your finished basement will be an asset to your home for years to come!

Michael Flory

Michael brings over 2 decades of building and remodeling experience to his position as the Owner and Visionary of Custom Built. Michael’s passion to make an impact on the home building industry has led him to serve for over ten years at the local and state Home Builders Association, culminating as President of the HBA of Michigan in 2020.