Discover How Big Your Home Really is With Basement Remodeling in Grand Rapids
At some point in the life of every homeowner a question will crop up. It’s a nagging question. It’s a frustrating question. It’s like an annoying neighbor who hangs around interrupting your rest and relaxation.
It goes like this: Is my home big enough?
We’re sorry to say, but if you’re asking yourself this, it probably means the answer is ‘no’. Thankfully there might be a solution right below your feet!
Basement finishing and remodeling can open up a lot of space in your Grand Rapids home. In fact, if you don’t have a finished basement right now, you probably have no idea how much space you’re wasting. As a leading general contractor in Grand Rapids, Willowridge Builders Inc will help you discover the true size of your home with a basement finishing and basement remodeling project.
A Few Things to Consider
When you’re thinking about finishing your unfinished basement, there are a few things to think about.
Moisture: Basements tend to be damp. Before starting your project, you’ll want to check the humidity levels. The easiest way is to tape several two-foot squares to the floor, walls, and ceiling. Check them in a couple weeks. If moisture has accumulated, you’ll need to invest in a dehumidifier. Moisture can lead to dangerous mold problems.
Leaky Foundation: Worse than moisture are actual leaks in your home’s foundation. If you find any, Willowridge Builders Inc can do a full waterproofing. While investigating, if you notice any cracks in your bigger than a pencil, you will need to contact a structural engineer.
Egress: An egress is a secondary exit point that would be used in emergencies. This can be a window or another door. This is especially important if you’re planning to build a bedroom.
Begin With the Basement Basics
Let’s be honest, there’s probably a good reason you haven’t been using your basement. It’s probably dark, or dank, or cold, or drafty—or all four. This is normal for an unfinished basement. Part of the challenge of every basement remodeling project is designing the space to make the most of the already available resources.
For example, take a look at the size and positions of the windows. If you’re going to set up a play area for the kids, or a hangout area with a few couches, you’ll want to make the most of the natural light that’s available.
Same goes for the electrical outlets. Make sure that you take care to note the location of each outlet. If you’re installing walls, it’s a great moment to make some decisions on where you’d like your outlets to be. Remember though, if you’re going to be working with your home’s wiring, it’s imperative to have a licensed electrician do the work.
Basement ventilation is important for eliminating moisture. As general contractors, Willowridge Builders Inc can make modifications like extra ventilation. A good heating and cooling system is important to keep the air in your home fresh and circulating.