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Basements have plenty of space, but many aren't finished, making them uncomfortable to use as an extra living area. Here are three ways to update your basement, so it can be used as a secondary living room or as another kind of space.
Complete the Flooring
The first thing you should always do is make sure you have a good base for the floor. This could mean pouring concrete or adding waterproof lining to current flooring before placing carpet or wood flooring over it. Remember that basements tend to be cooler and are more likely to flood since they're under ground level. That means you may want to use foam or cushioning under any carpeting to keep it from being too cold, and you'll want to make sure any waterproof liners go high enough to prevent flooding of the floors once they're installed. Some basements benefit from additional accessories like heated flooring, which keeps wood or concrete floors warmer than if they have no heat applied at all.
Put Up Drywall
The next step to improving your basement is putting up drywall. Make sure you line your walls with 2 x 4 beams to support the drywall before you put it up. Then, nail or screw the drywall into place. The benefit of creating this cavity is that cold air won't be directly against the drywall itself, keeping it dryer. On top of that, if you want to add insulation, there is enough space to do so, keeping your basement warmer overall.
Drywall doesn't just go on the walls, either. If you've ever walked into a basement with an open-beam ceiling, you know that it can look a little creepy. By adding drywall, you can seal off those beams and paint the ceiling a simple color that brightens up the space.
Finally, it's important to add lighting to the basement. Many people choose fluorescent lighting, since it's strong and lasts a long time. Others choose to install chandeliers or small recessed lights that fit flush into the ceiling. Brightening up the basement makes it look inviting, and it will help you if you decide to paint (the colors will look accurate).
Once all these steps are done, you can add furniture and get ready to use your new space. Just using a few of these simple changes can take an unfinished basement with wasted space from uninviting to exciting.Share