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Step-by-step guide to a basement finish

Step-by-step guide to a basement finish

Many homeowners ignore their basements. They use them as storage rooms or don’t even step inside. However, unfinished basements are untapped potential. There are many reasons to renovate your basement and make it much more than a simple storage space. 

From unique entertainment areas to extra guest rooms, you can create anything you dream of in your basement. To help you organize, we created a short step-to-step guide to a basement finish. Here is what you need to know:

First phase

The first phase of your basement remodel is the preparatory one. In this phase, you need to figure out what are you going to transform your basement in. Will it be a guest room, home cinema, a kid’s room, or a mini oasis? You can look for inspiration online on sites like Pinterest, or even Instagram. 

The next step is decluttering. You need to take out everything that’s inside. If you have furniture that you want to use, you can store in the rest of your house or rent a storage unit while the construction process lasts.

An important step is to test for radon, mold and moisture. For this, it’s best to ask help from professionals. In addition, you should inspect your HVAC and plumbing system. You want to make sure that everything is working properly before construction starts. 

The final step of the preparation phase is contacting contractors and designers to help you draw out the design plan and figure out how to approach the project. It’s of utmost importance to contact certified and experienced professionals who offer a wide array of services. 

Second phase

After you have drawn out plans for your basement and consulted contractors, it’s time to apply for a building permit. Remember, obtaining the permit can get delayed, especially if you live in a historic district. When the project is approved, it’s time to start working.

First, the basement needs to be framed and insulated. The windows and well covers must be secured and properly installed. Keep in mind that if your basement is below level and not suitable for egress windows, your finished basement will not add to your home’s full square footage. 

Second, the contractors will focus on electricity and plumbing. This stage might not run so smooth, especially if you have an older house. The contractors might detect issues with mold, foundation, or plumbing systems. The key to surviving this phase is staying grounded and with a positive mindset.  

After plumbing and electricity are finished, your local contractors will finish walls, waterproof the area, and install ceiling and flooring. 

Third phase

The last phase is the most exciting one. The hard work is done and you can enjoy the rest of the ride. In this phase, you will paint and decorate your new basement, adding all the finishing touches. Let your creativity take hold as you decide on colors, furniture, accessories, and more. 

Remember, even though it sounds simple on paper, basement remodeling is a complicated project. The typical duration of a basement finish is 4 to 8 weeks. However, these numbers depend on the nature of the project, underlying basement issues, and square footage. To ensure a smooth transition from a cluttered to a nice and finished basement, work with certified and experienced contractors.

At SVL Home Improvements, we have years of experience in basement remodeling, always providing stellar services and high customer satisfaction. Give us a call today to learn how we can help you renovate your basement. 


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