Many homes in the Kansas City area have basements, but if you use yours for a laundry room or to store things you don’t use but once in a blue moon, you may be considering basement finishing. Why not transform that space to a work-out room, children’s play area, or a relaxing media room where you can enjoy your favorite music and movies? No matter what you intend to do with it, remodeling the basement of your Overland Park home will go smoother if you plan in advance.
Here are a few helpful tips to make the process of transforming a damp, dark basement into one of your favorite rooms in the home.
Basements tend to be damp. When the ground is not graded properly or gutters not installed, water can do a number not only on your foundation, but your basement. Take steps to waterproof so that your basement can avoid future water damage. This may involve checking the plumbing, and improving air circulation in addition to grading the ground so that water flows away from your foundation.
Brighten up the space in your basement. Some basements in the Kansas City area are almost completely underground, leaving only tiny windows as light sources. Consider electrical lighting options that can light up the space or even making changes to the design in order to add additional natural light.
Exposed beams and ducts are not attractive. When you’re using your basement as nothing but a laundry room or for storage, it doesn’t really matter. However, if you intend to transform your basement to a livable, appealing space, you will want to create soffits to box in ducts or HVAC piping that may be exposed. Painting ductwork or even a dropped ceiling built to cover these unsightly but necessary components can work wonders.
Basement finishing gives you more functional space in your Kansas City home, and adds to its value. Looking at your basement right this moment, you probably cannot imagine it being as beautiful as other rooms in your home, but it can be a very inviting and comfortable space your family will enjoy.
At Vision Builders, basement remodeling is one of the services we offer to clients in the Kansas City and Overland Park areas. Choose professionals for the work, and expect professional results!