There are a lot of reasons that you may consider refinishing your basement. Some people do it in order to add value to their homes, which is definitely a great reason. Other people want to add a fun area to their home and maximize the use of the space that they have available.
Before you get started with anything regarding your basement, you need to make sure that you prevent flooding and other potential moisture issues. The way that basements are made, by laying concrete or brick and surrounding it with dirt and nothing more, they have a tendency to crack all over the place, even in places that you can’t see.
So before you really start with the process, check for cracks. Check for them inside, outside, and everywhere. Even if there is the slightest hint of cracking, make sure that you seal it. If you don’t moisture-proof your basement before you get started, you could end up with a big mess on your hands later on.
The next thing that you have to consider is what you’re going to do with the area. If you have a small area for a basement, there may not be a ton you can do with it. You could use it as an extra play area for your children, as a bathroom area, or possibly a guest room. If the area is larger, however, you can do a lot more. Some people make their finished basement into a man cave; other people use them as a multimedia entertainment area (complete with TV’s, video game consoles, and computers), and even others will convert the whole area into a party space.
After that, you need to get started. It’s probably best to use wood flooring in your finished basement (just in case something bizarre happens and it floods), or you can use area rugs on the concrete. You can add in different items and you can also bring down some furniture to round out the atmosphere of the room. When you’re decorating your finished basement, make sure to follow some of the same guidelines that we’ve shared in some of our other articles.
Refinishing a basement can be a great idea; especially if you can do most of the refinishing processes yourself (to save money). If you need help with it, don’t be afraid to ask. In the end, you could end up with a cool area to hang out and use in the basement of your home.