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.
When you have worked out the necessary requirements, which are that of basement insurance and establishing with contractor on the detailed, building code basement specifics, you may begin to proceed first with fixing the ceiling where pipes, ducts and wires are visible and which need to be concealed by using design concepts such as dropping the ceiling height to hide these objects or boxing the pipes and ducts with chases and soffits or making use of drywall technique, installing a moisture resistant one or a fiber-glass-faced drywall, such that making use of any of these also entails creativity and art to make the ceiling look natural and well consolidated.
Another critical aspect in finishing basements is the lighting used, where there are concealed pipes or ducts, an indirect lighting can be installed and because the ceiling height is a bit lower than standard, ambient lighting, which is lighting reflected up off the ceiling, is preferred than light directed down or spend extra in hiring a professional lighting designer as good lighting design in a basement spells out the difference so that even energy-efficient lighting fixtures should be considered. Another point of consideration with respect to light provision in basements is making use of natural light which can possibly be done when a window can be installed in the basement that will allow natural light to pass through and this window can also serve as a basement exit, following the building code for exits to be established in basements, so why not install an egress window which is big enough for a person to exit through it.
It helps to be prepared when finishing the basement by waterproofing it, as basements are prone to be flooded due to the formation of clogged pipes over a long period of time, such that water will seep in and drip into the basement, so, therefore, preparing for a moisture-resistant floor tiles and installing floor drains will help in minimizing the flood that may eventually happen in the basement.