In many homes a basement can be found space that’s ripe for remodeling to expand the living area in space that’s already under roof so an addition isn’t necessary. If you have a basement and want to tap its hidden possibilities get started by evaluating the space and how you want to use it. Snoop around and look for signs of moisture and condensation, water marks and signs of seepage on the floor and walls. If you find moisture marks take steps to eliminate them before going any further; at the ceiling look for pest infestation in the exposed joists.
Use an online design tool or clipboard with notepaper to walk around the basement and create a rough sketch marking the locations of the following. Then use this checklist as a guideline for what to consider and the scope of the work involved. All of these elements of the space are important to consider.
*stairs, windows, doors, and support poles
*heating and cooling systems like a furnace, heat pump, hot water heater
*utility area with clothes washer, dryer and wash tub
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