Practical Finishing Tips for Basements
Before considering in undertaking a basement project, a homeowner will be wise enough to check on his home insurance policy to find out if basements are part of the insured areas in the home so that, if it is, he can readily begin planning with his contractor on basement finishing concepts.
Knowing the building codes for basements can be a big help, especially if there are great plans to finish a long, neglected basement and, thus, a homeowner must be knowledgeable on these standard requirements to allow for more comfortable room elbow in the basement, such as having at least 7×7 feet basement room space area with a minimum ceiling height of over 50% of the floor area or about 84 inches and that bathrooms or hallways must also have at least 76 inches height and the windows must have the following measurements: 20 inches wide, 24 inches high and 44 inches off the floor.
As soon as you have processed for insuring the basement and working on your design concept with the contractor on your proposed basement, your primary concern to deal with next is the ceiling design and how to conceal protruding pipes, ducts and wires that are visible following ideas provided for by contractors, such as dropping the ceiling height to hide these objects or using chases and soffits to box in the pipes and ducts or the practical approach of adopting a drywall technique which is using moisture-resistant drywalls or fiber-glass faced drywalls to conceal the objects, so that the basement ceiling will look like its an extension of the other room ceilings.
Lighting is one of the most important aspect in finishing basements since proper lighting can allow for more space coverage visible for occupants to make use of and, therefore, where there are concealed pipes or ducts, an indirect lighting fixture can be installed and, being conscious of the low height of basements, there are so many creative lighting designs that can be installed so why not spend an extra more in hiring a professional lighting designer who can readily fix the situation by introducing energy-efficient light bulbs that can be either be on an ambient location or installed in forms of recessed lighting, whatever the design will take place what matters is that basement lighting is effective and efficient. 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.