5 Steps To A Finished Basement

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If you've always wanted a basement rec room, man cave, home gym or play area for the kids, perhaps it's finally time to make it happen. Yes, it can seem daunting at first to get started, but once you do, you might be surprised at just how quickly it can all come together. Here are five key steps for transforming a raw basement space into one of the most popular rooms in your home:

1. Clear it Out

Basements tend to become storage areas for all those items we don't know what to do with, so you'll likely have to start by clearing the slate. Use the "one-year rule" and get rid of anything you haven't used in a year or more (unless it's an heirloom or collectible.) Create different piles for items you want to sell, donate, recycle, store, or throw out.  Consider dumpster rental if you suspect you'll have lots of things to discard, and rent a self-storage unit for larger items you want to keep.

2. Perform a Basement Safety Check

Now that you've cleared out the clutter, it's the perfect time to ensure that the foundation, pipes and overall environment are safe. Check for leaks and repair or replace pipes and vents as needed. Air out any crawl spaces and inspect for pests like insects or rodents; consult a pest control company if needed. Use bleach and water on moldy areas and consider basement waterproofing if your home does not have it. Inspect the foundation for signs of cracking and settling, and consult a foundation repair professional like American Mud Jack Inc if you suspect any issues.

3. Plan and Paint

Now that your basement is clear, clean and safe, plan your dream rec room. Designate and divide the space for your chosen activities. The sky's the limit; a bar, billiards area, home gym, kids' arts and crafts area, sports/TV viewing room and video game arcade are all possibilities. Select paint colors that fit your style and vision, and give your basement a fresh coat.

4. Ceilings, Lighting and Floors

Install a suspended ceiling to hide wires and pipes, leaving room for optimal lighting for your basement lair. Tile, laminate and vinyl flooring are all possibilities, but carpeting can give the room a really comfortable vibe.

5. Make it Your Own

From here, it's all in the details; pick out furniture, artwork, accents and finishings that suit your taste, style and vision. Have fun creating your ideal basement space!

A finished basement takes some planning and effort, but the results can bring years of enjoyment. Follow these five steps, and you'll be on your way to the basement of your dreams.

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Stop Mold in Its Tracks

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