Are You Turning Your Basement Into A Living Space?

Do you have an entire basement that has basically turned into a kind of catch-all? If so, perhaps you have decided that the time has come for you to convert your basement into an actual living space. Maybe your family has grown and you need extra bedrooms. It might be that you want to actually rent the basement space out to make some additional money.

Whatever your reason for turning your basement into a living area, you are probably looking for ideas. From insulated fox blocks to the floor treatment, here are some ideas that might help you to design an attractive and useful space.

Insulated Concrete Forms - Have you seen the insulated concrete forms that are used to create basements at the beginning of a construction project? Consider using the same type of forms as you design the new basement living space. Talk to the agent of an insulated concrete form business and get ideas from him or from her on how you can best use the company's products.

Whether you use carpet or you stick with the concrete flooring that is already part of the basement design, select a wall treatment that will complement your choice. 

For example, if you are wanting to establish an entertainment room apart from one or two bedrooms, concrete forms might be the best way to separate the areas. Besides being a great way to make your basement look attractive, the fact that the concrete forms are energy-efficient will be a good way for you to save money on your utility bills.

The agent from the concrete form business will have the training and the experience to know just how to advise you on the best plan for your basement remodel.

The Foundation - Is your basement foundation already established? For example, is it made of concrete? If so, consider painting the concrete to look like anything from bricks to hardwood flooring. The great part about having a concrete floor is that it will be easy to maintain. In addition, it won't need to be replaced over the years, as concrete lasts for an extremely long time.

Maybe you'd rather have carpeting in your remodeled basement. If you do decide on carpet, consider selecting a carpet material that will be very easy to care for. One idea is to use outdoor carpet for your basement floor. Besides looking nice, it will probably last a lot longer than regular carpet would. 

For more tips on basement construction, contact a group of residential building contractors in your area.