As your family grows, converting or finishing
your basement into living space not only opens up your house and increases
room for work or play, but it can also add significantly to your home value.
You must exercise care in the design of your basement, ensuring structural
integrity before you pick up a hammer. A successful finished basement relies
on adequate electrical, plumbing, and heating/cooling components, as well as
sound drainage and moisture control.
Before you begin, select a design for your
basement that accommodates existing walls and space while meeting your
needs. Your basement must be dry, have sound existing walls, and adequate
head room. There are many possibilities for a finished basement, including: