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Basement Finishing Ideas

Creating a Basement Apartment

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Remodeling or finishing a basement to create a basement apartment is likely to be the most significant home improvement you could possibly complete on your house. For starters, a basement finishing project expands your home's living space for about half the cost of building an above-ground addition, so it's a very cost-effective improvement.

Taking this process a step further to create a separate apartment significantly increases your home's value, while also giving you the opportunity to earn rental income or provide a family member with separate accommodation.

A door or egress window is a code requirement

A house with a walkout basement provides a basement apartment with a separate entrance, which most homeowners appreciate. It's also a code requirement for any bedroom to have an exterior door or an egress window that can provide inhabitants with an escape route in the event of a fire.

If your basement does not have an exterior door, it may be necessary to enlarge an existing basement window opening and install a larger window that meets egress specifications.

A full-service basement finishing contractor (a contractor who specializes in basements rather than general home remodeling) will be able to advise you on egress window requirements and suggest the best location for installing an egress window or an exterior door.

Basement Finishing Investment: Rental Property Income

For Rent: Basement Apartment

The good news about remodeling your basement to create a rental apartment is that your maintenance expenses for the rental apartment are completely tax deductible. So you're not just earning rental income; you're also able to deduct the expenses you document for things like cleaning, painting, replacing the water heater, etc. You can even deduct some heating and cooling expenses. Check with your accountant to learn more about the benefits of having a rental apartment.

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Plumbing and electrical requirements are important

To function as a separate living space, a basement apartment needs its own bathroom and kitchen (or kitchenette). To handle the electrical requirements of this new space, an electrician will probably want to install at least two new circuits at your main service panel –one for lights and one for receptacles.

As for the new plumbing, special self-contained basement toilets and compact, high-performance pumps have made it possible to install a basement bathroom without extensive excavation beneath the basement slab.

A basement finishing specialist will do a better job than a remodeling generalist

The first step to a finished basement is coming up with a plan for finishing the basement. The next step is finding someone to make it happen. To get the best results when finishing a basement, it's best to hire a contractor who works in basements all the time instead of just occasionally.

A basement finishing specialist can handle the wide range of work your job requires –from waterproofing and egress window installation to plumbing, electrical and insulation work.

With a full-service basement contractor, you can be sure that the best techniques and materials will be used, creating new living space that's comfortable, attractive, and sure to stay that way for a long time.

Appliances

Washer & Dryer

An apartment with its own washer & dryer will be much more marketable than an apartment without these appliances. To save space, look for compact stacking models.

Insulation

Insulation

Insulating the basement walls will make the apartment more comfortable and less costly to heat and cool.

Fireplace

Fireplace

A gas-fired fireplace with an attractive surround can be a cozy focal point in a basement apartment. Sealed-combustion models can vent directly through an exterior wall, eliminating the expense of a chimney.

Furniture

Convertible Furniture

Versatility is valued in any apartment, and a convertible sofa/bed enables your apartment to accommodate visitors from time to time. Also consider a drop-leaf table that can quickly turn a living room into a dining room on special occasions.

Storage

Closet & storage space

Renters appreciate generously-sized closets and extra storage space because these features make it easier to keep an apartment neat and organized.

Office

Plenty of power

Computers and cable TV are important. That’s why any basement apartment needs a smart wiring plan. Renters will expect to have Internet access as well as cable or satellite TV. Space wall outlets according to electrical code requirements, and use separate circuits for ceiling lights and receptacles.

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