Before You Start Your Basement Renovation, Read This!

Have you ever thought about basement remodeling? If you want more livable space in your home, an addition isn’t always necessary.  Having a finished basement not only increases the value of your home, but also provides a positive impact on your property in many ways. 

Here are some of the benefits of basement remodeling:

Additional Space For Homes

Since basements are typically one of the largest unused areas of the home, remodeling your basement is a great way to add livable space to your home. On average, a basement remodel can increase your living space by around a third. And some basement remodeling projects nearly double your Fulton County home’s functional space.

Simply put, remodeling your basement adds a large amount of livable square footage to your home. This livable space can benefit you and family in numerous ways, and whether it be studying, working, or adding a home gym, having a finished basement adds significant value to your Fonda property.

Escaping the 518 Heat

We’re all too familiar with the oppressive heat and humidity of the summers in the 518 area. Blasting the air conditioning means racking up a huge electricity bill. Instead think about turning your basement into a livable space in order to escape the heat.

A Cost Effective Remodel Solution

Renovating your Mayfield basement has the best value per square foot because the structure or footprint is already in place.  The basement space is already there, so you should take advantage of that and make it functional.

A Blank Slate to Work With

The beauty of renovating a basement is getting to work with a blank slate, decorating and designing it to your liking. 

You and your family can use your remodeled basement as a(n):

  • Perfect entertainment area with a TV and couches.
  • Way to increase the value of your home. 
  • Extra Bedroom(s).
  • Office area with a computer, desk, etc.
  • Home Gym area.
  • Luxurious living area.
  • Kid’s playroom.

Adding a room to your home requires your building to have a structure of foundation, walls and roof, but remodeling a basement means the basic infrastructure is already in place. This makes 518 basement remodeling a better value per square foot relative to a home addition, and is a quick and inexpensive way to increase the value of your home.

A Secure Hangout

An unfinished Sacandaga Lake basement might as well be called the ugly pit of your home. Remodeling a basement can turn this space from an unused pit into the most easily heated/cooled and comfortable living space in your home.

The Obstacles of Basement Renovations

So, you’ve decided you want more livable space in your Amsterdam home, and that it’s finally time to renovate your basement. While remodeling a basement is a great way to add value to your home, it’s important to note that (in most cases) basements aren’t initially intended to be fully functional living spaces. 

Let’s take a look at some of the common obstacles homeowners face when planning a basement renovation:

Moisture Is a BIG Problem for Basements

If you have significant moisture (e.g. pooling of water”, finishing your Broadalbin basement might not be an option. In fact, moisture is the most common factor that disqualifies basements for remodeling. However, water-lock paint can be used to treat minor moisture problems, and cracks can be sealed with special caulking.

Your Basement Needs the Right Walls

Walls are installed in basements for numerous reasons, including:

  • To make the space more aesthetically pleasing. 
  • To allow for space to run electrical wires, and install receptacles. 
  • To enhance temperature control. 

Electrical Must Be Up To  Code

Local code usually requires a certain number of electrical outlets in your Johnstown basement. Make sure to check local codes to see if you need to install walls as a convenient way to run electrical services. 

Special Heating and Cooling Needs For Basements

Typically a basement in Northville stays cool during the summer, and is warmed by a furnace during the winter. However, this is not always the case. Electrical baseboard heaters are a solution to provide heat during the winter, and existing HVAC ductwork can be utilized from the floor above. 

Basements Require Good Lighting 

Unfinished basements are usually lacking in the lighting department. Due to height restrictions, installing certain lighting may not be possible. This makes can lights particularly popular in Gloversville basement remodels, as they provide significant lighting, and tuck neatly up into the space between the  joists of the floor above.

Call our remodeling and renovation experts at 518-348-9000 or info@518renovations.com to schedule a consultation today and get a head start on your basement renovation.  We’re more than happy to help you every step of the way.

As we say at 518.Renovations, never stop improving!  

518Renovations services the following areas in New York: Johnstown, Fulton County, Gloversville, Mayfield, Broadalbin, Northville, Sacandaga Lake, Fonda, and Amsterdam.