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Moisture If you have significant moisture, you may not even be able to finish your Waxhaw NC basement. By "significant," we mean actual pooling of water. Moisture is the factor that disqualifies most basements. Minor moisture problems can be treated with water-lock paint, and cracks can be sealed with special caulking for this purpose. In parts of the country where the majority of home have basements, you can count on finding companies that will perform this work. Even if you have a trickle of water that runs along the floor and into a drain, you can elevate your flooring by means of a substrate such as Subfloor.
Usage Because of their unique nature, Waxhaw NC basements are not for every use. Basements tend to be cold, dark, and insular. So, if you are building out your Waxhaw NC basement as mother-in-law quarters for a woman who loves sunlight, this may not be a good idea. On the other hand, home movie theaters depend on low-light levels and dampened acoustics for better performance, making basements ideal for this usage.
Walls are installed in Waxhaw NC basements for a few reasons. They make the space more aesthetically pleasing. They make it easier to run electrical wires, and provide spaces to install receptacles. And walls enhance temperature control. But walls have no structural value in the finished basement. Because of the inherent moisture problems, you may want to choose steel studs because they do not rot and because each stud possesses perfect dimensions.
Electrical wires are easily run through steel studs' pre-bored holes, and steel studs have a fairly short learning curve for the amateur home renovator. Electrical When finishing your Waxhaw NC basement, you will most likely be required by code to provide a certain number of electrical receptacles. It doesn't matter what you want: you will still have to comply with code. Yet most basements do not have this in place to begin with. Installing walls is a convenient way to run electrical services.
Heating and Cooling In an older house of ours, the heating and cooling worked out perfectly. During summer, the basement was cool since it was located below ground. During winter, the basement was warm since it housed the furnace. Hopefully, you have such an arrangement. If not, electrical baseboard heaters are a way to provide fast heat. Also, consider the fact that existing HVAC ductwork may be running through the joists of the floor above--which you can tap for your basement space.
Egress--the exit point besides the doorway--is an important consideration if you wish for the Waxhaw NC basement remodel to include a bedroom. As a result, many Waxhaw NC homeowners have been known to unwisely side-step building codes by calling their basement bedrooms by a different name: "sewing room," "workshop," etc. However, building codes are in place for a good reason: they protect individuals, as well as the public at large. A careful check of your local building code will tell you what kind of egress point you need. If so, then you will need to undertake the potentially costly task of creating a sizable window to fulfill this requirement.
Lighting Most Waxhaw NC basements have only minimal lighting. But with the height restrictions, you may not be able to install any kind of lighting you want. It is for this reason that "can lights" are popular in Waxhaw NC basement remodels. Can lights provide a significant amount of light, and they tuck neatly up into the space between the floor joists of the level above.
The Different Flooring Options
When you undertake any type of basement remodeling plan, one of the main details that you would have to think about is the type of floor that you would want to install in the basement. Since the basement is typically a place which would remain a little damp, you would want a floor which would be able to withstand moisture. Given below are a few ideas on basement flooring:
Although it might seem like an unusual flooring option, the fact is that paint can be a very inexpensive way to change the flooring of your basement. You can use a latex paint which is semi-permeable. Basements would have some water seepage problems so using an ordinary paint would only mean that the paint can start peeling a few months later.
One of the most popular options for basement flooring is laminate floors. Laminate floors are actually quite inexpensive and they can be easily installed as a basement remodeling project. Also, laminate floors are very easy to maintain. If you have young children, this type of floor would work perfectly for you.
Another option to consider is carpeting. Carpets can be bought cheaper since there are plenty of flooring warehouses everywhere. However, you would not be able to brush and mop these so you would need to vacuum them regularly. However, a carpet might not be the right choice if you have high humidity and water seepage problems but they can be very useful in the winter months as they can keep the room warm.