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Transforming a forgotten space

submitted by Brian A. Quinn, General Manager, BQ Basement Systems

A playroom, a bar, an office – your basement could become anything you want it to be. However if you’re like many homeowners, that prime location is currently underutilized.

It might be due to water damage and neglect. But fear not, experts can help remediate issues, protect the space for the future, and make it as beautiful as any other room in the home.

Experts agree it’s no longer economically sound to allow this space to sit empty. Homeowners are renovating basements for additional use of the square footage paid for when they purchased the home.

Discussing how you want to use the space now and in the future will help your contractor move forward and stay within budget.

When discussing basement remodeling, the first topic is water. Potential water issues should be addressed before investing in finishing your basement.

Additional issues of concern include asbestos, mold, lead paint and radon. You want your project done right by certified, trained and experienced professionals.

When working on a basement, there are rules that must be followed. Egress codes require a window or door for a finished basement.

If you have a bedroom or an office in your basement, that room would also need an egress. A reputable contractor assures homeowners are code compliant.

As rules are constantly changing, it’s best to rely on experts knowledgeable and up to speed on current local municipality codes and requirements.

Homeowners should ask several questions before signing on the dotted line to begin a project.

Among them: How many jobs has the contractor done? How long have they been doing it? Do they have an A+ rating? And always make sure to get referrals.

Basements have special needs, so you need someone who can execute proper design and use products conducive to the space.

That assures homeowners their basements will be a healthy and useful environment for years to come.