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Basements

Basements are a part of most houses in colder climates. Because the house’s foundation has to reach at least past the frost line, you may as well use the empty space under your house. In warmer climates, people generally don’t have basements because there’s no need to have such a deep foundation, and building a deep foundation is expensive and unnecessary. In cold climates, people use their basements as living or storage areas or cellars, to keep food and wine cold. Basements are also a good spot for air conditioners, water heaters, and furnaces. Even if your basement is unfinished and nobody lives in it, you’ll have to keep it well insulated. If you’ve got your furnace and water heater in your basement, you have to keep it warm enough so that the pipes don’t freeze or get damaged by the cold.

Also, having an icy cold uninsulated basement will make the rest of your house colder in the winter. Insulation usually comes standard, even in unfinished basements, unless of course you use your basement for a cellar. Some basements are entirely underground and so have problems with water leaks and lighting. Other basements may be partly above ground and have small windows near the ceiling. This can also lead to basement flooding if not properly sealed and waterproofed. A lot of modern houses have basements that are only partly underground. These houses are built on a slope with the basement completely buried at the front of the house. The ground slopes down from the front of the house to the back, so that the basement floor is at ground level at the back of the house, allowing for a second entrance from outside the house. These kinds of basements are ideal for renting because they have separate entrances.

Also, because there is more airflow and less of the basement is underground, you tend to get fewer drainage problems. These kinds of basements were not common in the past because they are more structurally complex because of their sloping foundations. Another advantage of the partially aboveground basement is that you get more natural light in your basement. Many people who have finished basements put a small kitchen or bar in their basement because they spend a lot of time on their patio and eat outside often in the summer.

Basement Finishing

Basement finishing is usually a good investment. If you decide to do some basement finishing you can increase the overall livable space in your home or rent out your finished basement as an apartment. If you don’t know much about basement finishing you’ll probably need to hire a contractor to do a lot of the work fro you. Basement finishing is different to renovating other parts of your house because there are a lot of additional things to take into consideration. For instance, you can’t run air ducts under your basement floor, so everything has to come through the ceiling from the floor above. Also, basement s are a lot cooler on average than the rest of the house because they are underground. Contractors will take into account he lower temperatures when insulating or setting concrete during a basement refinishing project.

Basement Flooring

Getting new basement flooring can be a very exciting home improvement project because there are so many types of basement flooring to choose from. Some of the most omon types of basement flooring are concrete floors, hardwood, carpeting, and the ever-popular linoleum tile flooring. Basement floors are made from concrete, which doesn’t offer any structural stability to the house’s foundation, but is nice than having plain gravel or dirt floors. Most people put other kinds of basement flooring over the concrete is they decide to finish their basement. Sometimes people heat their basements by installing concrete-set radiation heating on top of the original concrete basement flooring. Tiles are not a popular type of basement flooring because basements tend to be quite cold, and tile floors aren’t usually much warmer than concrete, so what’s the point? Some people really like the look of concrete and have polished concrete basement flooring. Polished concrete flooring looks quite different to the standard concrete basement flooring because polished concrete flooring is a lot shinier and looks almost like polished stone. It is also fairly inexpensive, as far as basement flooring goes.

Basement Waterproofing

Basement waterproofing is a very important preventative measure that’s initially expensive, but will save you a lot of money in the long run. IF you don’t bother with basement waterproofing, groundwater will seep through your basement walls and damage your drywall and furniture and compromise your basement ‘s structural stability. You can also have runoff water from the street leak into your basement windows and flood your basement. If your basement gets flooded, your basement flooring will likely be ruined, especially if its something like hardwood or carpeting

Basement Makeovers

If you’ve already got a finished or partially finished basement, but it’s outdated or not very functional, you might need a basement makeover. Basement makeover can give a fresh new look for not a lot of money and aren’t as intense as basement remodels. Basement makeovers can be as simple as applying a fresh coat of paint and rearranging some furniture.

Basement Remodel

A basement remodel is usually a much more serious job than a basement makeovers. Basement makeovers usually just involve making small changes in terms of decorating and furniture. A basement remodel is more about the basics, like installing a bathroom or tearing down walls in your basement. You might chose to put in a bar or a new kitchen as part of your basement remodel. Many basement remodels are the result of a midlife crisis. A man will decide that he needs a huge television and a bar that don’t really fit in his basement, so he simply tears down all the walls and does a custom basement remodel to accommodate his new oversized television

 
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