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An Affordable Solution for
Creating Additional Living Space within a Home
By: Mark J. Donovan
Are you looking for more living space
and buying a larger home, or putting on an exterior home addition is out of the
question? A possible alternative to moving to a larger home could be your
underutilized unfinished basement. A basement conversion is a great way to add
more living space to your home. The square foot costs associated with finishing
a basement are typically lower than building a home addition or moving to a new
In addition, a basement remodeling
project affords itself to the do it yourself homeowner and can be converted at a
speed that is consistent with a homeowners budget. In addition, a basement
remodeling project can easily be isolated from the rest of the home's living
space during the construction phase, by simply closing a basement door.
A basement conversion project
usually enables several new rooms to be created within the home. Typical
finished spaces include recreation rooms, exercise rooms, office space,
bedrooms, bars, and even bathrooms.
To determine if your unfinished
basement is appropriate for a basement conversion there are three main items
that you need to look at.
First, you need to confirm with your
local building inspector that there is sufficient headroom in the basement to
create finished basement living spaces. Typically you will need at least 7 feet
Second, it is important that the
basement has easy access, and has a couple of methods of egress, e.g. via a
staircase, windows and/or walkout doorways.
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Lastly, before embarking on
converting a basement into a finished living space it is important to make sure
that the basement is free from moisture problems. You may want to hire a
professional to inspect and help deal with any basement water or moisture
problems prior to beginning construction.
If you're unfinished basement meets
these three criteria then a basement conversion maybe just you're ticket for
creating new, affordable and comfortable living space within your home.
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