Read This Before You Finish Your Basement

“The steps to basement finishing can be different for everyone.  Starting in a newly constructed home meant you didn’t have to worry about basement waterproofing, mold removal, or repairing cracks.  But don’t worry, this site  is created so that you can find all the resources you need in one place. One of the most important steps can be preparing your basement properly, and if you don’t follow the steps to waterproofing your basement or removing mold it can mean more money out of your pocket later.”

a basement living area

How to Create the Perfect Bonus Room

Even if it’s currently cold concrete and crammed with boxes of off-season duds, the lowest floor of your home probably has loads of potential. Treat it just as you would any of the rooms aboveground, and it might just become the most popular spot in the house—for a lot less cash than adding on. Here’s our bottom-line advice for turning this underutilized space into a place you’ll be eager to spend time in.

The Layout Puzzle: Where to Begin

a) Put the main socializing area in a spot that gets the best natural light, to draw people in.

b) Bedrooms need a window for egress, so they’ll need to be located at the perimeter.

c) The TV-viewing zone can be in a darker spot, to reduce glare and create a home-theater feel.

d) Store snacks and beverages in an area you can access without crossing in front of the TV.

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