Have You Purchased A Home With An Unfinished Basement?

Is this your first time to own a house with a basement as part of the floor plan? If that's the case, you're more than likely not exactly sure how you want to use the extra large space. From arranging for basement waterproofing to planning how to design the basement area, here are some ideas that might help you.

Start With Basement Waterproofing - The first thing you should do is to make sure that the builder of your house installed drains and seal pumps while the basement was being built. Maybe the basement looks just fine and you can't foresee any problems. However, if the basement isn't waterproofed, water can enter the tiny cracks in the structure and cause some pretty serious damage.

For example, later on you might find that there is mold, decay, and even unsightly seepage on the basement walls. If that happens, things like furniture, stored clothes, and anything else you keep in the basement could be ruined.

After you've determined that drains and seal pumps are in place, arrange for professionals to waterproof the basement. The workers will have the experience and the skills to do the job, plus they'll have the equipment needed. The sealants will be incorporated into both the outside walls and the inside walls. In addition, even the flooring of your basement will have sealant materials applied. 

Plan The Basement Design - First of all, you need to decide whether you're going to use the basement for living purposes or for storage. You might decide to do both, especially if your basement is large. 

Maybe you'll use the basement as living quarters for your grown children, say newlyweds who will be living with you until they finish college or until they are established enough financially to get their own place to live. If you do use the basement for this purpose, consider having at least a small kitchen as part of the basement design. And, of course, you'll want a bathroom. Think of having an entertainment room in the basement. The entertainment room could double as a library. If you do that, don't forget to include a study table and a couple of chairs to go with it.

When you have the basement finished, consider having an entire area for storage purposes. Shelves could be installed for food storage and rods could be added for hanging off-season clothes. Since you arranged for basement waterproofing, storage won't be a problem at all. 

For more information, contact companies like Sohan and Sons.