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How to make your basement a cozier and inviting space

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Basements are a perfect place to create an inviting and cozy space in your home while also increasing its value. However, before turning to interior decor, it is extremely important to ensure the foundation is set for the future.

We collected several important things that make sense to do before putting the finishing touches on the the basement’s ceiling and walls.

Basement Underpinning

The first on our list – basement underpinning. It’s a process of lowering basement floor to create more extra space for the future.

In the recent years, basement underpinning has become increasingly popular due to its ability to add additional living space and functionality to a home. The process of underpinning a basement involves strengthening the foundation of an existing house by extending it further down into the ground. This process is often used when constructing new buildings, but it can also be used to retrofit existing buildings.

This technique is especially popular for homeowners who want to add more living space to an existing home, such as a family room, bedroom, or home office. Using basement underpinning to extend the foundation of a home can also provide additional structural support, which can help to extend the life of a building.

The cost of basement underpinning is often less expensive than other construction projects, such as building a brand new extension. In addition, underpinning can be completed relatively quickly and easily, making it a good option for those who are on a tight budget.

Overall, basement underpinning has seen an increase in popularity in recent years due to its affordability and ease of installation. This technique can provide homeowners with additional living space and help to extend the life of a building, making it a great option for those looking to add more space and value to their home.

Number two – Network Installation and Wiring

Before basement ceiling is finished, it’s a good idea to finish all the wiring for your home network cables, security cameras and more.

The reason is simple, it is easier to run wires (or do any other installations) while the basement ceiling is open. Otherwise, it could make it harder to run the cables, which in turn will cost you more time or more money.

Number Three – Basement Waterproofing

Basement waterproofing is incredibly important for protecting your home from flooding, mold, and other water-related issues.

Not only does waterproofing protect your home from costly water damage, but it can also help maintain the health of your family by preventing mold growth.

Basement waterproofing involves sealing the basement walls and floors to prevent moisture infiltration, and adding a system of drains and pumps to divert water away from the home. While it may be tempting to ignore waterproofing, it’s important to remember that the cost of water damage can be much higher than the cost of waterproofing.

waterproofing basement

There are two Approaches to Basement Waterproofing:

Internal waterproofing refers to the process of waterproofing the interior of a structure, such as a house or building. This is sometimes necessary when there is a risk of water damage from a leaking roof, plumbing, or other sources of water. Internal waterproofing involves the use of a waterproof coating, such as a sealant or membrane, that is applied to the inside of the structure.

External waterproofing, on the other hand, refers to the process of waterproofing the outside of a structure. This is often done to prevent water from entering the building from outside sources, such as rain or snow, or to protect the building from water damage caused by pooling water or other sources of moisture. External waterproofing usually involves the use of a waterproof membrane or sealant that is applied to the outside of the structure.

How to make your basement cozier:

Once your basement floor is where you want it to be, all your communications are complete and walls are waterproofed, it is time to move to the next steps – finishing basement walls & ceilings.

There is a couple more things to consider.

Light: Then, prioritize natural lighting by installing windows or a skylight. This will help to make the room feel more inviting and homey.

Colour Scheme: Next, think about the colour scheme of the room. Soft and warm colours tend to be more inviting than bold and bright colours.

Rugs & Furniture: Additionally, adding large rugs and soft furniture, such as couches or armchairs, will make the space feel more inviting.

Art: Finally, hang some art on the walls, add mirrors and include plants to give the space a cozy and homey feel.

Following these steps will help make your basement a more cozy and inviting space.

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