If the space under your main living area includes a basement, there may be the potential to increase the living space substantially. In homes that currently have a single level, it may be possible to double the living space. B2R Basement Conversions and Cellar Conversions can help to transform a cold, unutilized space into a warm and comfortable space. But first, owners will want to consider a few things.
There are several areas of concern in making a transformation in the area of safety. It will need to have a safe and convenient access from the inside of the home. The stairway should be in accordance with current building codes. Be sure to check the headroom to ensure the space can be converted without extensive excavation. Most basements have structural supports for the floors above that need to be worked around. If the basement is to be converted to bedrooms, remember there is a need for legal and safe exits.
One of the biggest issues with basements is moisture. While newer homes built with basements may have addressed the problem by waterproofing the exterior of the walls and installing a drainage system. Older homes had cellars designed for keeping things cool and were not intended to be living spaces. Ongoing and seasonal issues with moisture should be resolved before any attempts at conversion. Sump pumps and channel drains may be another option for seasonal moisture problems.
In addition to determining that the space is both safe and dry, the homeowner should determine the intended use of the space. If it is to be a large family recreation room, the construction costs are usually much less than if it is to be converted to bedrooms and add a bath. In the latter case, owners will need to consider ventilation, electrical wiring and plumbing, which can greatly increase the cost.
Finishing the Area
The final consideration is how the area will be finished. Insulation can help to keep the area quiet, warm and energy efficient. Extruded polystyrene is preferred and provides a water resistant insulation. The room can be finished with drywall or modern basement wall systems. Conduit can be used for electrical wiring. Frame around posts and use a similar finish to the walls for a completed look.
Basement conversions by B2R Basement Conversions and Cellar Conversions can add a lot of living space to a home. Done properly, they can also increase the home’s resale value. These professionals can also help by answering homeowner questions.