When it comes to the numerous basement remodeling options out there, few projects can bring out the kid in a homeowner quite like installing a gameroom. In fact, developing a well planned game room remodeling project can be almost as fun as enjoying the games themselves, thanks to the unique creative freedom that a job like this allows. You’re only limitations are space availability, finances, and your own imagination!
Game Room Remodeling: Getting Started
Like any home remodeling job, a game room remodel starts with a desire to increase the fun and functionality of a room, and is followed by a determination to take all the steps necessary to bring your vision to life. The majority of game rooms are designed in basements, giving them a unique atmosphere and sequestering them from the quieter areas of the home, such as the living room and bedrooms.
For many homeowners, the basement is the ideal place to start a remodeling project. It’s a room that’s usually limited to a laundry room or storage area, but the basement– especially larger basements with higher ceilings– have huge potential. Before deciding to install a game room in your basement, carefully consider the logistics of the undertaking. If you have a relatively small basement space with low ceilings, designing a game room might require some serious reconstruction or deconstruction of walls, which can add a lot to your bill. A professional basement remodeling contractor can help you assess your remodeling plans and give you a cost estimate, which can be extremely helpful in determining whether a game room would be a practical choice for your particular basement.
Think In Specifics
Another major factor in planning your game room remodeling project is knowing exactly what types of games, entertainment, seating, and ambiance you wish to include in … Continue Reading
Planning to finish or remodel your basement may seem like a large and complicated task. This checklist will simplify the process and get you going in the right direction.
I will split the process up into 3 different stages:
Water and mold inspection Designing your basement Bids and Construction
Water and Mold
It is important that you verify ANY water or mold presence BEFORE you do any finishing. This is a very common mistake that homeowners make. Once the basement is finished it is not possible to fix any water or mold problems without great expense. I have written another Ezine article titled Inspecting Basements For Leaks, Water Damage and Mold (Pt 1 Unfinished Basements) that will help you to discover any water or mold issues. Be aware, anywhere there is water and building products (wood, drywall, paint, furniture .. anything organic) there will be mold.
If you are unsure if you have a water problem and would rather have a professional look at the problem contact a professional waterproofing company.
Designing Your Basement
Homeowners often have the goal of finishing their basement to add an extra office, playroom for their kids or entertainment area. These are nice ideas, but it is a good idea to consider that kids will not want to play in a 8'x10 'room and no one will want to work long in a similar sized room with no windows. It is a good idea to lay out on the floor where the rooms are going to go and actually viewing their size. Remember that the wall with framing and drywall will be 4 "thick. My point here is that it is better to have large open rooms than to have a lot of smaller rooms. This always looks and feels better than a basement bisected … Continue Reading
Basements, sadly, are subject to a number of negative stereotypes ie they are dark, dreary, damp and humid. Well, you can take care of the dark, dreariness with a few well thought out design flourishes, but the damp and humid part is a little more challenging. Waterproofing is imperative if you are going to use your basement as any type of occupied space.
The process of waterproofing involves a combination of sealing and finding drainage solutions. If you start too late, you will also have to include water damage restoration in this process. When properly protected from water, your basement can function just like any other part of your house.
Understanding Water Leakage
The first step towards any recovery is admitting you have a problem, and a water leakage problem is no different. Usually leakage is caused by a number of different factors. As your home ages, your basement begins to settle and form tiny cracks and fissures in the walls and floors. These tiny openings can let water into the space. Basement walls and floors are made out of concrete, which is a porous material. Also, most basements are built below the water table so the ground water causes hydrostatic pressure, which pushes on the basement walls and can soak through the pores and cracks in the concrete. Other leakage may also occur at the footers where the walls and floors meet. This is usually because the hydrostatic pressure is pushing on the basement walls with more force than it is pushing on the floors. This causes the walls to start cracking slightly at the footer, and it allows water in to the basement.
Devising a Plan Continue Reading
In order to devise a game plan for fixing your leaky basement, it is helpful to understand the basics of water seepage. …