When purchasing a new home, many buyers look at basements as a selling point. Buyers dream of many things that the basement can be used for, such as a game room, a place for the kids to hang out, or a home office. But over time, basements are often forgotten about and used as storage instead of living space. If you are ready to transform your basement into a more livable and family-friendly place, take these steps to making your dream happen.
You will first need to decide where you want to build a room in the basement. Choose an area that is open and free of any debris or clutter. Keep in mind any conditions that you need to be aware of before building, such as excess water or possible mold from previous flooding. If your designated area is safe to begin building on, then you are ready to move onto the next step.
Design the floor plan for your room in the basement. Choose where the doors will go and if you will be using light fixtures or existing windows. Using two-by-fours, begin building the base of the frame. Then place the beams in an upright position on the base. Separate the beams about 12 inches apart. Don’t forget to leave an opening for the entrance of the room.
Now you will need to run the electrical wiring through the framework of your basement room. Consider what you will need the wiring for, such as hanging lights or a television. Electrical wiring is always easiest to install when building a new room, so be sure to run adequate wiring through the ceiling. To make things easier, connect to existing wiring that is already in the basement.
When the electrical work is completed in the room in the basement, you will then need to install the insulation. Choose a soundproof insulation if you see fit. This can especially come in handy since sound travels through the home and can be loudest in the basement. When the insulation is installed, you will need to put up the drywall.
Start by placing the drywall pieces from the top of the ceiling to the bottom. Also consider if you are going to use drywall for your drop ceiling. If so, fasten the drywall using drywall screws. If you want to use tile for your drop ceiling, place the ceiling tiles 2 inches below the ceiling joists.
Once the drywall paste has dried, you can begin painting your walls to add color to your room in the basement. When finished painting, you can begin installing your basement floor. Choose a flooring that will be durable for a basement, such as ceramic tile or Berber carpet. Laminate or wood flooring are also great choices, but are subject to warping from water damage. Complete your basement by adding light fixtures and cover plates for the outlets.