Basement Finishing Tips from a Contractor

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Planning on finishing your basement this season? Adding extra square footage can help you and your family utilize the space in your home better, as well as help increase resale value. Here are some basement finishing tips from a professional contractor.

Choose Flooring for Basements Carefully

Because our climate in the midwest fluctuates drastically, it’s important to choose flooring for your basement carefully. Flooring options like vinyl and carpet are most commonly installed in basements. Whereas genuine and engineered hardwood flooring aren’t often chosen for basements because of their tendency to expand and contract with temperature and humidity. Basements are the most unstable when it comes to moisture levels and humidity, simply because they are below grade. If you want to choose the best-suited flooring for your basement, it’s crucial to select something that is rated for below grade installation.

Think About an Open-Concept Basement Finish

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If your home has a completely unfinished basement and you have enough room to add an extra room or bathroom, it can be beneficial to do so. Rooms and bathrooms are valuable spaces when it comes to evaluating a home’s resale value. When finishing a basement though, it’s important to leave enough room for open living space. Homeowners, and home-buyers alike, are always looking for more space for hosting and entertaining friends and family. Keeping your basement as open as possible will add functionality to your home.

Add Strategic Lighting

Great lighting can make all of the difference in the overall function and design of your basement. Poor lighting in an already dim area won’t be much help when it comes to creating an inviting family space. When planning your basement finish you’ll want to be sure to add more lighting than you have in other areas of your home. Recessed lighting, or “can lights” are common in basements because they don’t hang down from the ceiling. In many cases, basements have the shortest ceilings in a home, therefore, you want to take advantage of as much height as possible.

Call Midwest Builders When You’re Ready to Finish Your Basement

Midwest Builders has been in business since 1954. We have over 60 years of experience in the home improvement industry. Our team is well qualified and experienced to help you finish your basement just the way you want. Contact us today to get started on your basement remodeling project!

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