The Remodeling Process | Best Pick Reports
Basement remodeling can be daunting. A project often includes new or
re-routed ventilation, heating and air conditioning, plumbing, and
electrical work. Rather than hire specific contractors in each of those
trades, many homeowners prefer to engage one contractor to handle every
aspect of the remodel. A remodeling project will include most of the
Demolition. This is the
first step after the design is completed and all the necessary
fixtures, furniture, and other materials have been purchased. When
knocking out significant parts of the basement, make sure support posts
are not inadvertently harmed.
floors are usually hard, cold concrete, and flooring cannot be simply
thrown in without proper planning. A subfloor needs to be laid to
improve insulation and make new tile or carpeting more comfortable.
Wall framing and layout. Concrete
or cinder-block basement walls are not very attractive, and a basement
without insulation will be uncomfortable. New walls may be necessary to
add a closet to a new bedroom or a storage space to a mixed-use room.
Properly framed walls will offer an attractive, finished look, which
will be essential in making the new space feel like part of the home.
Framed walls can contain extra room for insulation, plumbing, and
Utilities. Wiring for new
electrical features, cable, or telephones should be taken care of
before the walls are closed up. New plumbing for a bathroom or wet bar
should also be arranged at this stage. In many cases, the new design
requires redirecting existing plumbing.
Walls and ceilings. Drywall
is the most popular option for covering the walls, because of its
durability and solid appearance. Other options for different budgets
and tastes include paneling the walls or crafting them from hardwood.
Drop ceilings provide an inexpensive and easy way to retain access to
plumbing and lighting on the ceiling, but this gives the room an
industrial look that could be seen as a disadvantage. Drywall ceilings
will offer more head room and provide a more professional finish. With
drywall, vents and other ceiling structures can be boxed out to
maximize ceiling height.
Finishing touches. Install
tile, wood laminate, hardwood, or carpet flooring at this stage. Trim
and baseboards should also be installed, along with any new lighting
fixtures. Finally, the walls and other surfaces are painted.