All Cramped Up: Expanding Your Livable Space By Finishing Your Basement

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If you are living in a home that is beginning to feel cramped because your children are getting bigger, it's probably time to finish your basement. While you can spend some time and energy trying to do the work on your own, it is easier and sometimes more cost-effective to work with a contractor instead. The work will get done correctly the first time, saving you money on materials. When budget is a factor, you can do some of the work on your own, but leave the framing and electrical work to a professional. Make the most out of your space by making your basement a comfortable place to relax in.

Determine the Size of the Job

You can finish your basement a number of ways. You can wall off an area for storage, and create a small living room. If you have the budget, you can finish your entire basement, making a large living area for your whole family to enjoy. Whether you want to finish a small room or whether you are ready for a complete makeover of your basement space, you will have to decide what you want to do before you can begin getting estimates for the work.

Choose Your Materials

If your basement is going to be a hangout place for your teenagers, there's no point in putting in expensive flooring. If the floor is smooth concrete, you can apply paint to the floor to give it a new look. The process of painting your concrete floor requires you to clean the floor, fill in any holes, and sand down any rough spots. You will need to apply a coat of primer, then a couple coats of epoxy paint, and last a few coats of masonry sealant. This is a time-consuming process, but your floor will look great in the end and stand up to years of use.

Meet with a Contractor

You should meet with a contractor and talk about the plans you have for your basement space. Ask the contractor to provide you with a quote to complete the work. Let them know that you are willing to do some of the work on your own in order to save money. Be clear about your expectations, and ask for a timeline as to when the work will be complete.

When you finish your basement space, you will create a great living space for you and your family to enjoy. For more information on advice on basement finishing, contact a company like Hopley Builders Inc.

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