Basement Remodeling and Conversion Tips
by He Who Shall Not Be Named
Basement remodeling and conversion tips,most basements contain as much square footage of living space as the first floor of the house. Usually part of it is devoted to heating and laundry equipment and, of course, the stairway. But as heat and water are at hand, with a little ingenuity you can transform this area into living space with the added convenience of a bar sink. Furnace and laundry are simply partitioned off. The normal basement clutter of bicycles, unused furniture and similar items can be removed to the partitioned area or to a storage shed. In many areas these sheds, depending on their cost, are not even placed on property tax rolls check with your assessor before you plan on this. Various types of sheds you can buy or build.
A tiled ceiling is the easiest and cheapest to install for the do-it yourselfer handyman or carpenter. The light weight tiles are stapled to 1 x 4 strips run at right angles to the joists, nailed to them, and spaced to match the tile size. "Dropped ceiling" systems are suspended a short distance below the ceiling joists and have their own supporting grids, which are attached to the joists. Most are light weight, thus easy to install. The ceiling panels, which come in a variety of textures and tones that require no painting, are also light weight and easy to handle—a prime consideration when you are working over your head. The panels drop neatly into the gridwork. The ceiling, when completed, will conceal the usual plumbing and wiring essentials that are often suspended below the joists. If repairs or additions to the
wiring or plumbing are required at a later date, the panels simply lift out for access to these utilities. Inquire at your lumberyard about the types of tiles and grid and panel systems for your purpose.
These may be insulated or not, depending on your climate. Foam insulation can be used against masonry walls. This mate-rial comes in panels sized to fit between furring strips attached to the walls. The foam panels are fastened to the walls with mastic made for the purpose. (Be sure the mastic is matched to the foam you use—the wrong one can destroy the foam.) Paneling, available in many kinds of wood and plastic finishes, nailed to the strips so the joints meet snugly on the strips, makes an attractive, durable, prefinished wall. Moldings at floor and ceiling make a neat, professional-looking installation. Some of the newer foam-paneling systems can be installed with mastic alone, eliminating the furring strips. Check on their avail-ability at your supplier.
Dressing Up the Basement Stairway
The storage space under the stairs should not be ignored, but the stairway it self will need some dressing up, since it will be part of your living area. Most basement stairs have no risers to close the spaces between the steps. This is a simple carpentry job that should be done where the storage space under the stairs is to be used. It also permits carpeting if that suits your decor. Various types of wood or metal railings that blend with most decorative themes. More carpentry tips from yours truly to come. Shout out to my webpage Basement remodeling and conversion tips, and to Jereme! WOOOOOO!