Renovating your basement doesn’t need to be a discouraging task. It could just be time for an update or maybe you have water in your basement. Whatever your reason, choosing the right contractor to do the job will make your life a whole lot easier. Simply renovating your basement can increase the value of your house and add an additional living area if you sell your house. Here are a few tips to make it easier to choose a basement finishing contractor!
Now what to do with it. Billion ideas here, that completely depend on what you like to do? Videos games and movies – build a bad-ass media room. Pool table maybe? I love shuffle board, and they don’t take up a ton of room. Darts are fun and cheap. How about pinball, I have an old machine in my basement – I love it! Beer fridge, maybe a an old fridge with a tab hooked on. Bathroom would be nice, to go along with the beer fridge.
New wall pictures or paintings may be in order. Few people are interested in hanging a $10,000 painting on a bedroom wall where it will seldom be seen; pictures for a bedroom need not be expensive. Try to match paintings in some way; a collection of Thomas Kincaid prints or a group of forest scenes maybe. Pictures of Victorian towns or homes. Winter scenes. Something to tie them all together. Along with pictures, consider a whole wall mural. These are not expensive, can cover an entire wall with a single scene and can be extremely realistic. One poor lady had taken a picture of her kids on a seashore but could not remember doing it; it had been taken in front of a basement wall mural.
Yes. Many home owners do not understand that if you ever have damage to your home, and the cause started in the basement, it may not be covered by insurance if you did not have a permit on the basement finish. It also insures that the contractor has built your basement to the minimum building codes. A contractor that recommends you complete your basement with out a permit may be looking to cut corners, and problems will not appear for months or years (like the first big rain storm that floods your basement).
Many of these old kitchen cabinets are still structurally sound and with a little creativity and effort, these recycled kitchen cabinets can make great basement and garage storage units. The base cabinets are the perfect height for workbenches, and the upper cabinets provide lots of storage options for tools, painting supplies and the rest of the stuff that accumulates in a garage. And the cabinet doors not only help to keep the contents clean, they give the garage a neat and well organized appearance.