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When I invited my mother to come and live with my family, we had to make some changes to accommodate her. The changes that needed to be made were all within reason and were all required so that she could get around with her walker and eventually a wheelchair if need be. I hired a remodeling contractor to assist us with making the changes. I learned a lot while discussing what needed to be done and what it would take to get it complete. I created this blog with the hopes of helping other families that are considering making the same changes in their homes.

4 Things To Consider When Finishing Your Basement

An unfinished basement is a great area for storage but not for living. However, you can transform an unfinished basement into a living area by renovating it. Doing this gives you extra living space without putting an addition on your home. Here are four things to consider if you want to finish your basement.

1. Waterproofing

Have you ever had water in your basement? If so, waterproofing is vital before renovating your basement. If you've never had water in it, are you sure it's waterproof? In either case, taking a few extra steps to ensure that water won't enter is crucial. For example, you might add a sump pump to prevent water. You could also hire a waterproofing contractor to complete other steps, such as sealing the foundation walls.

2. Ceiling options

Installing a ceiling in a finished basement is an option. However, you don't have to put in a ceiling. Some people prefer painting everything on the ceiling and then leaving it exposed. Using a drop ceiling is the best option if you want a ceiling. Drop ceilings make accessing the systems easier, as your basement ceiling likely contains plumbing and electrical components. Some people want a more formal look, so they install drywall on their basement ceilings. You can do this, but you might have to cut into it if you ever need to access the hidden systems.

3. Layout of the space

One of the main decisions is laying out the space for your finished basement. You might start by deciding what type of living space you want. For example, do you want bedrooms and a bathroom? Do you want a family room or a game room? You might also want to leave some space for storage. You can have a remodeling contractor draw plans for your space. However, they won't start the project until you approve them.

4. Budget

Finally, you must consider how much you want to spend on the project. In addition, you need a way to pay for it. So you might start by asking a contractor for a quote. Then, you can decide if you can afford it and how you'll pay for it.

Hire a contractor that offers custom basement renovations

Remodeling a basement is a big project. Thus, you need a contractor with basement renovation experience. You can interview some local contractors to find one with experience and a great reputation. Then, they can give you a quote for the project. 

For more information, contact a local company like Darrell Davis Remodeling.