3 Things To Consider When Renovating The Basement
Basement remodelling and renovations are all the rage at the moment and are a great way to add value to your home. If you’re living in an older house, the basement may be an unsightly and unpleasant part of the home. But it can be transformed relatively affordably and data shows that more often than not it’s a good return on investment. So if you are looking into the option of remodelling the basement, keep the following in mind.
Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Light
Being a basement, there will naturally be less natural light shining into the room. If possible, plan for plenty of north-facing windows/doors, which can improve your chance of getting sunlight into the room in the morning and through the day. Just don’t forget that your basement is holding up the house in a sense, so it’s probably a good idea to discuss with your builder the number of windows and doors that can be safely put in without upsetting the structural integrity of the home.
Use the Right Colour
It’s also worthwhile thinking about paint colour – choose a light colour that will reflect sunlight and help keep the room well lit. This can ensure the space more enjoyable and nice to spend time in. If you have a particularly bright basement for whatever reason, you obviously have more options at your disposal. But in most cases, the basement is a room that needs to be decorated in a way that helps spread around the limited light it does receive. Usually you can’t go wrong with white and creams for the basement. Combining with another light hue such as a light blue or even a grey can also look great.
Try to Limit Noise
One thing that is often underestimated is just how much sound can travel from the basement up into the rest of the house. Often the basement will be used as an entertainment room, where people may watch television or play music. This can simply add to the noise issue, as sound travels through the timber in the ceiling.
One thing you can do to reduce this is to install sound insulation in the ceiling and possibly add a double layer of drywall too. The experts say that if you can attach the drywall to the RC channel instead of the timber, you’ll be better off in terms of reducing sound.
DIY basement renovations are quite common and can work really well, but it’s important to always do your research and understand what you’re getting into before going ahead. You might even want to speak to a building expert to pick up a few tips about how best to go about your renovation– or have a service provider look after certain aspects of the project. Keep in mind that for all things painting related, you can rely on the Premier Painting team!