hammerWant to know a fun fact? Out of all the rooms, the basement is the most easily transformable in your humble abode. The ground floor typically stores the electrical panel and other household utilities but provides plenty of space to incorporate custom bars and tables to turn this level into an extension of a living area.While the basement is prone to certain weather damage making furniture repair and other fixes somewhat difficult, here are a few things to consider before approaching this task.

1) In order to ensure the basement remains protected after the apartment is completed, install the proper insulation. To ensure a tenant is comfortable, it would be important to have the right material to manage the heat/cold level since they would be below ground.

2) Plan on where to add light. Most sublevels have few openings to allow natural light to come in. Incorporating window wells is traditionally what homeowners do as well as putting fluorescent lights in to give a natural hue for a comforting environment. Study the floorplan and figure out where some form of a natural light filter would fit. A tenant needs to feel this is a home instead of a cave.

3) Ultimately, accidents can happen so make sure there is an escape route. According to the type of sublevel present in the home, a window that is large enough and low enough to gain access to is a perfect backup. A tenant should easily be able to jump up and out in case the primary entry point is blocked off. For a development plan, always having an alternative will help maximize the space regardless as to what you want to use it for.

4) Consideration for the bathroom is one of the most important steps to consider as well. Waste tends to flow freely from houses on a slope unless you have a basement with pipes below the city/town sewer main. In this case, a pump would be required to get the waste up to the main line. A macerating toilet is built with a sewage ejection pump which helps disperse the waste but occasionally a sewage ejection pump done by hand may be required. This will depend based on the foundation the basement is set upon.

5) Before any of this becomes a possibility, check the foundation. Common signs that the foundation is poor are vertical cracks or walls bowing in. Once looked over and the damage is assessed, work to repair it and begin the renovation!

6) When carrying out these necessary tasks, always keep in mind your final plan for the room. Nothing can be more frustrating than realizing the custom bar you were dreaming of doesn’t have access to a water main, or that the same water main is located directly next to your new leather sofas, ensuring some nasty furniture repair if it ever breaks! Plan smart.

After all of this is taken into consideration, begin searching for furniture and other amenities. The basement has the potential to become an apartment, a billiard room or even a study. Regardless of its purpose, homeowners have a large variety of styles and tools to choose from to make it happen. Above all, take into consideration that work done on the basement can affect the level above. Always plan a cohesive look!