Renovating Basements the Right Way

A lot of basements have almost nothing going for them, but finishing them off can add value for homeowners and for your company in the long run.

You’re probably starting with a poured concrete box. The walls are concrete. The floors are concrete. The ceiling is unfinished and so visitors can look up to see wiring and floor joists. Here are a few key things to consider when renovating basements


First, make sure your basement is waterproofed and there’s a way for water to drain away just in case. Floor drains that include a pump can move water more quickly and efficiently if there is a problem.

Climate Control

Check your heating and cooling situation. A forced air system can allow you to add another leg onto the vent system specifically for the basement. Check with your local HVAC company to make sure the existing system is powerful enough to cover the additional square footage. If it isn’t, then you can explore alternative ways to keep the subterranean level of the house comfortable.

Basements can be damp and somewhat cool, but during the winter in northern climates, they can be downright chilly. A baseboard heating system can keep temperatures comfortable and heating costs low. You can even set up zones where some areas run separately and on different settings. This is especially convenient for shared spaces where a children’s playroom and a workshop area have very different temperature needs.

Windows and Lighting

Windows can be a great way to let in fresh air and natural light, but most basement windows are small and narrow. By enlarging window openings, homeowners can let in both the fresh air and plenty of natural light.

Make sure there’s enough light, even at night. A good lighting scheme can help create a more inviting space. Built in lighting saves space and can add a lot of bang for the buck. Using LEDs can help minimize operation costs.

Walls and Ceilings

Finish off the walls and ceilings, but leave plenty of ways to access wiring, plumbing and vents. Small panels can conceal the junctions and meters without seeming out of place.


Built-in storage is absolutely a must. Most homeowners still need a place to store bulky items like holiday decorations, comforters, sports gear and luggage. Make use of the space under the stairs for built-in drawers and create closets with shelves to help corral the clutter that comes with families.

Finishing a basement can help your company improve its bottom line and have work throughout the winter, where it’s warm and relatively dry.