When you need a little extra space but don’t want to move, one of the easiest ways to add square footage to your Lexington, Kentucky home is by remodeling the basement. However, just because it is less complicated than building an addition doesn’t mean you should rush into it. Basement remodeling takes careful consideration and planning if you want it to turn out right, and Anderson & Rodgers is just the company to help you get the basement you’ve always dreamed of.
Have a Plan
Having an idea of how your basement will be used will ensure you make the most of it. If you really don’t need separate rooms, leaving the area open will make your basement feel larger and will let whatever natural light there is into more of the space. Plan to use darker areas for activities that don’t require much light, like a media room or wine cellar, and brighter areas for games and socializing. If you don’t know how you want to use your space, our interior designer is happy to assist you.
Set a Budget
Another very important part of the planning process is setting a budget. Know where it’s okay to save a little money (furniture, flooring, bathroom tiles, fixtures) and where it isn’t (waterproofing, insulating, moving pipes and duct work). Even though your basement is underground, that doesn’t mean it can be below code. It may be necessary to raise or relocate plumbing and ductwork to maintain the right ceiling height and windows that can serve as emergency exits may need to be installed to be up to fire code. Knowing all of these details in advance and budgeting for them can help keep costs in check.
Prepare the Space and Use Proper Materials
Basements are famous for being wet, so it is important to take the proper steps to keep it as dry as possible. Waterproof the walls and floor if they aren’t already and consider installing a sump pump if there isn’t one. You don’t want to have to replace carpeting and/or furniture because of a leaky or flooded basement.
Use products that are specifically designed for damp spaces and are waterproof or mildew resistant. Insulating the walls and ceiling will help control the temperature and reduce the noise from above. Unless you have a walkout basement and larger-than-normal windows, you will most likely need plenty of lighting.
Anderson & Rodgers Construction in Lexington, Kentucky can help you with every aspect of your basement remodel. We service Nicholasville, Versailles, Georgetown, Richmond, and Winchester.