Give Yourself the Gift of a Finished Basement

by Carmen Corbin on November 23, 2011

The December holidays are right around the corner, and by now you’re probably knee deep in store ads, online bookmarking and frantic brainstorming, trying to come up with the perfect gift idea for everyone.  Or maybe you’ve been swamped with volunteering at your church or local charity.  During this time of year, it’s hard to think of yourself, but what if there was something you could do for the entire family? 

The Gift of Space

Instead of exchanging sweaters with your spouse again, or getting the kids their umpteenth Wii game, why not give everyone the gift of additional living space by finishing your basement?  Although the kids will probably still appreciate a few gifts under the tree, you’ll all enjoy having more room to spread out and engage in your favorite activities.

So how do you manage a basement finish on a tight, end-of-the-year budget?  By not trying to tackle everything at once.  Start simple by concentrating on the ceiling, floors and drywall.  It’s also a good idea to close off the area containing your furnace, sump pump and laundry appliances.  If your budget allows, you can then move on to partitioning off an extra bedroom, home office or storage room. 

The real fun begins when you have the finances to add the finishing touches.  Even a half bath can allow you to get creative with glass tile, a pedestal sink and maybe a funky light fixture.  Don’t forget to include a small closet for storing linens, games or an additional vacuum.  Other popular basement ideas include a wet bar/entertainment area, decorative lighting, home theater systems or built-in media cabinets.

Because winter is generally a slower time for home improvement contractors, you may be able to score some great deals this time of year.  They also may have more availability in their schedule, which means your project can often be completed faster compared to other times of the year.

Before beginning any basement finishing project, be sure to consult with a basement waterproofing contractor to seal off any moisture leaks from the outside.  They can also tell you if any foundation repair is needed before you get started.  It’s a lot easier to take this step before finishing your basement than after it’s completed.

For more ideas on basement finishing, call or visit your local home improvement contractor.

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