Basement Remodel Service
Long Island Basement Remodeling
Basement remodeling is perhaps one of the most exciting and cost-effective ways to expand your home. Many people that live in older homes don’t realize the potential there is in remodeling the basement and turning it into a living area. Basements can be an ideal space for a child’s playroom, a home office, a family room or even a kitchen.
Basement remodeling is especially helpful if you live in a wet climate where basement finishing is necessary in the summertime as well as in the winter. In basements that are constantly wet and humid, wood is the only building material that is typically used for basement finishing. If you do not have wood floors or other basement finishing options, waterproofing is imperative. Even if you are finishing the concrete floor, there can be problems with water damage if the concrete slab has not been properly finished and is not finished sufficiently.
Waterproofing basement remodeling is also imperative because of the mold growth that can occur if there is no finishing and walls are not sealed. Basement finishing includes finishing the framing, the wall framing, the door framing, all required jointing, siding, insulation, electrical, ventilation, vapor barriers and additional finishing such as decorative stain and paint. It is very important to build a basement to protect what is inside from any water damage. If your basement has drainage pipes and vents, then there is a moisture barrier that must be built. All of these things add up to protect your basement from moisture damage and mold growth.
In some cases, homeowners basement remodeling projects may include basement remodeling through a simple basement modification. A basement modification is when a small room, which was never finished earlier, is converted into a more finished basement. There are many different variations of basement remodeling and basement modification from simple changes like expanding a tiny room, to complete overhauls of the room. DIY or Do-It-Yourself projects are preferred by most homeowners because it allows the homeowner to save time and money. However, before you start on a do it yourself basement remodeling project you should make sure that you are able to finish it.
Before you begin basement remodeling, it is a good idea to find out what kind of permits and inspections need to be done, before you begin. Most local governments require the basement remodeling project to have the required permits. Check with your local government to see what kind of permits you will need and if any inspections or permits are needed. Most contractors will give you a checklist of what you will need to do before they start work so it is a good idea to make a copy and bring it with you when you have your initial inspection.
Most homeowners will hire a general contractor when it comes to basement remodeling or basement finishing because doing it yourself is time consuming. However, there are many contractors that specialize in particular types of work. For example, there are many that specialize in finishing plaster floors while others may specialize in repairing window sills or installing wood floors. When you get started with your basement remodeling or basement finishing project you should always interview several contractors so that you can choose the one that best suits your needs.
The most important thing you can do before you hire anyone to remodel or finish your basement is to carefully vet your prospective basement contractor. Make sure that you do not only check their website but also their references. Ask for a list of references and talk to them if you can. You want to ensure that your future contractor will provide quality work and that they will provide on time with scheduled work completion dates.
After you have decided what type of finishing you are looking for and have contacted your prospective remodeling contractor, it is time to focus on the basement ceiling and basement flooring. Basement flooring is one of the most difficult areas to remodel or finish so it is best to start with the ceiling first and then work your way down from there. There is no need to panic if you find that you cannot complete your basement ceiling remodel in one year because there are plenty of ways to complete this room so do not let frustration get the better of you.