Lower Level - Basement Remodeling
The systems and infrastructure of your home needs to be tastefully concealed when doing your lower level basement. What is good about having a finished basement? It will not only add additional living space but it will also add value to your home.
However, there is a great challenge when you want to create an inviting and beautiful space in your basement that is finsihed to the standards and style of the rooms upstairs.
There are several things that need to be discussed with a professional before embarking on your basement project. These are:
Natural Light-how much is available?
Lighting- who will help me with this?
Ceilings- How much height do I need?
Ceilings- Do I use drywall or ceiling tiles?
Natural Light- Natural light is often in short supply in a basement unless you have a walk-out basement. That is why it is so important to get the lighting just right. If you have an egress window and a window well, that can help supply some light to your basement. However, getting help from a professional interior designer is the best thing to do.
Lighting- Lighting is critical in a basement because if you want to play any games, you need to see well. Often a tray ceiling is in the middle of the area and that is surrounded by lower areas that can conceal piping and ductwork. You can also install indirect lighting in the tray ceiling.
When the ceilings are low, as in a basement, light reflected up off the ceiling is better than light directed down. Light from wall sconces or from tray ceilings is better in basements. A variety of lighting types is important so your basement space can accomodate different uses and moods. You should have a detailed lighting and electrical plan before you start your project.
Ceilings- Since there are pipes, duct and wires to conceal in a basement, it usually necessitates dropping the ceiling height in certain areas.
If you consolidate the pipes, ducts, and wires to one area, then it is easier to actually drop the ceiling height only in one or two areas. If the duct work is over to just one side of the room it looks nice to run a soffit around the perimeter the room. This wiil turn a problem into an architectural detail. This is an area where a professional interior designer can really make a difference in the finished look of your lower level.
If you use drywall on the basement ceiling that will also make the basement look more like the upstairs living area. Access panels can be placed wherever junction boxes, shutoffs or meters are--that way, they will be easy to get to, whenever needed.
It is also important to use moisture-resistant drywall. There are many other tips that you can learn when working with your interior designer and builder.
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