Practical Finishing Tips for Basements
When you’re thinking of getting practical ideas about finishing your basement as the space can provide an additional function area in the house, aside from adding value to your home, the first consideration that must be done before contacting a contractor is to contact first your insurance agent as basements may not be included as insured in your home insurance policy and it’s, therefore, important to deal on this first thing first.
There are detailed building codes established for basement structures and these should serve as standard guidelines in putting up one, such as basement rooms must be at a minimum of 7×7 feet with a minimum ceiling height of 84 inches which is over 50% of the floor area, bathrooms and hallways must have ceiling heights of at least 76 inches, windows need to be 20 inches wide, 24 inches high, and at least 44 inches off the floor, and, with these code requirements, this should insure the dwellers to be move about comfortably in a basement.
Once you have dealt with the essential requisites to owning a basement, you may now work on your acquired practical tips on finishing a basement, the first one of which is fixing the ceiling so that the pipes, ducts and wires are concealed by dropping the ceiling height in areas where these objects are visibly seen, perhaps, boxing them with soffits and chases or using the drywall technique of moisture-resistant, like fiver-glass-faced drywall.
Another critical aspect in finishing basements is the lighting used, where there are concealed pipes or ducts, an indirect lighting can be installed and because the ceiling height is a bit lower than standard, ambient lighting, which is lighting reflected up off the ceiling, is preferred than light directed down or spend extra in hiring a professional lighting designer as good lighting design in a basement spells out the difference so that even energy-efficient lighting fixtures should be considered. If it would be possible to make use of natural light in one area in the basement which is near a window, which will also meet the building code of providing an exit from the basement, so, if possible, an egress window which is big enough for a person to exit through it, as well as allow for more natural light to pass through.
Basements are prone to flooding, especially if some of the pipes are clogged up, therefore, it is suggested that if you don’t have a system in place to deal with flooding, then it’s better to choose a material that is able to handle getting wet, such as floor tiles that are moisture-resistant, and have a floor drain installed so all these can be useful when flooding happens in the basement.