4 Non-Sexy Aspects Of Basement Remodeling

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4 Non-Sexy Aspects Of Basement Remodeling

25 April 2023
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When it comes to basement remodeling, many are often caught up in the exciting aspects of the project, like where the new pool table will go or how big the TV can be. However, some parts of basement remodeling are more important, even if they aren't necessarily exciting, fun, or sexy. Here's what you need to know about the non-sexy aspects of basement remodeling.

1. Extra Insulation

When remodeling your basement, extra insulation may not be the first thing that comes to mind. While your basement was probably well-insulated when you built your home, you still need to consider interior insulation between your new rec room area and the furnace room to reduce noise. Additionally, talk to your remodeling contractor about insulating the ceiling to reduce noise from people walking on the first floor of your home.

Adding extra insulation in the interior walls and ceiling does not add much to the project's overall cost and time, but it's worth it in the long run.

2. Egress Window

One crucial aspect of basement remodeling that is required by code in most areas is the addition of an egress window. An egress window serves as an escape route or emergency exit during a fire or natural disaster. Without one, you or a family member may be trapped with no way to get to safety. Even if you are not required to add an egress window where you live, it is a wise choice to do so. Plus, it is a source of natural light in your basement, making the space more inviting.

3. Plumbing

Plumbing is another aspect of basement remodeling that you must pay attention to. Depending on what you plan for your basement remodel, you may need to install a bathroom, kitchenette, or bar sink. When working on the plumbing, you must hire an experienced, licensed plumber because basement plumbing is trickier than the rest of the house. In a basement, wastewater must be pumped up to ground level, whereas the rest of your home is assisted by gravity. Investing in quality plumbing is worth the added expense to guarantee a well-functioning plumbing system in your basement.

4. Ventilation

Basements are prone to moisture and musty smells. No one wants that. Ensuring proper ventilation in your basement remodeling project is essential. A typical exhaust fan installation and an efficient HVAC system will help keep the air fresh and healthy. Talk to your remodeling contractor about installing a whole-house dehumidifier.

Basement remodeling projects can be fun, but you must consider their non-sexy elements. Adding extra insulation, an egress window, efficient plumbing, and proper ventilation can add to your home's comfort level and safety, making them a worthy investment for any homeowner. Although they might not be as sexy as other parts of your basement remodeling project, they are essential.

For more information, contact a basement remodeling contractor near you.