If a basement is not finished at the time of construction, homeowners can waste this additional square footage by allowing the basement to remain obsolete. Investing in the framing and finishing of a basement space can significantly increase the square footage of your home. This will make your residence more functional and increase its property value.
Homeowners can encounter some problems when finishing a basement, so you should be prepared to tackle some common issues that might arise as you frame and drywall your basement in the future.
Plan for HVAC Performance
One of the key elements that homeowners overlook when finishing a basement is how the new rooms will affect the performance of their HVAC systems. Basements are notorious for having cold spots. The rooms furthest from the furnace are usually affected the most.
You should take the time to install in-line duct fans within longer runs of ductwork to ensure that heated air can move efficiently throughout your basement living space. These in-line fans are a simple addition that will provide big returns when it comes to the comfort of your basement over time.
Take Care of Plumbing First
If you plan to equip your new basement living space with a full bath or powder room, you will probably need to install some new plumbing to help accommodate these rooms. You should schedule a consultation with an experienced plumber before you begin any construction on your unfinished basement.
The plumber will be able to determine where new pipes need to be installed. Installing plumbing pipes and drains before you nail the framing for interior or exterior walls into place allows the plumber room to easily maneuver for maximum plumbing efficiency.
Reduce Plumbing Noise
The last thing you want is for the sound of water draining through your home's plumbing system to disturb the peace of your newly finished basement.
Before you begin framing off the exterior and interior walls, locate all drainage pipes in the basement space. Wrap these pipes with carpet padding to muffle the sound of the water moving through them. Once your basement has been fully framed and the drywall has been installed, you shouldn't be able to hear any noise pollution caused by plumbing.
It's easier to take precautions to prevent noisy plumbing before finishing your basement since noticing these drainage noises afterward will require you to rip out the new sections of drywall you just installed.
Talk to a company that specializes in basement finish for any extra guidance.