Redesigning a space doesn’t always come easily to many, especially when it comes to basements. This is mainly due to the fact that basements are built in a way that is different from the way the other parts of your home are built. Basements tend to have more moisture in the air, making them feel damp and humid. This is due to the condensation of water vapors on the concrete walls. If you do not take into consideration things like these before redesigning your basement into a living space, then you are most likely going to have a lot of problems later on.
Here are the things that you should do or take into consideration before you start to redesign your basement.
Deal with the moisture issues first
Before you start doing any kind of work or construction in your basement, you need to make sure that you have gotten rid of any problems relating to moisture penetrating from the concrete walls. For this problem, it is highly recommended that you should install vapor barriers on your walls and also on the floor. This not only stops the moisture from penetrating the walls but also prevents further dampness and leakages. However, it is better to place thin strips of wood and metal, commonly known as furring strips onto your wall first, and then place the vapor barriers.
Use the correct hardware
The walls of the basement are different from any other part of your home, so using regular fasteners that are used in dry walls to attach wooden panels may not really work. To aid in this problem,Guy Solomon, CEO of Penguin Basements, a popular basement contractor company in Canada; suggests that you should use masonry anchors and screws or even a shotgun fastener, which is a device that fires masonry screws at a pressure that is just strong enough to penetrate the cement walls.
Choose the right type of walls
The choice of walls play a vital role in redesigning your basement, as mentioned above, the wrong kind of wall may absorb moisture from the cement walls, and the room will become damp, welcoming different types of molds and mildew. For this, Guy Solomon suggests that you shouldn’t use regular dry walls, as they are made of paper and can increase the moisture of the walls. Instead, it is recommended that you use fiber glass panels, which you can cover in preferably thin fabric., as these panels do not absorb water easily, decreasing the chances of your basement having any type of mold.
The suitable lighting
In very rare cases do basements have a high ceiling and appropriate amount of overhead space for decent lighting, so it is important that you should choose the right type that fits your new living space perfectly. To solve his problem, consider embedding the lighting in your ceiling when you are having it installed. This type of lighting is called recessed lighting and it is ideal for basements with very little overhead space.