If you are thinking about finishing the basement in your northern Virginia home, here are some things to consider to make the job go smoother and get the results that you really want.
Insulation - Insulating your basement walls will help to keep your new living space more comfortable and energy efficient. But you might also want to insulate the basement ceiling to reduce sound transmission upstairs. The best type of insulation to use in the basement is rigid foam. Unlike fiberglass batt insulation, rigid foam won’t absorb moisture, settle, attract mold or lose its insulating value. Foam’s ability to stop air leaks is also an asset.
Install a larger window.
Bedroom or Not? Is there any chance that your basement might need to serve as a bedroom? If the answer is yes, then it’s wise to have a small basement window enlarged so that an “egress-compliant” window and exterior window well can be installed…Installing a larger basement window not only fulfills code requirements for a basement bedroom; it also brings much more natural light into the space.
Easy to Care For - Choose durable, easy-care finish materials.
Don’t Let Mold Grow – It’s important to use inorganic materials that won’t support mold. But you also want floor and wall surfaces to be as indestructible and easy-cleaning as possible. Low-profile, high-strength plastic floor tiles have gained a great following among savvy basement dwellers. Though they look surprisingly like ceramic tile, oak parquet or solid wood flooring, these tiles won’t ever warp, cup, or crack. They never require refinishing, and they clean up quickly whether you’re mopping or vacuuming. Wall panels covered with textured vinyl rather than paper offer similar advantages. Both of these products are carried by Total Basement Finishing dealers.