Home remodeling takes a lot more than a fresh coat of paint or a new floor. And if you don’t plan ahead, there will inevitably be bumps in the road that will disrupt your remodeling project instantly. Remember, 85% of U.S. homes were built before 1980, and many were built even earlier. If you own one of these pre-1980 homes, then you might have a problem on your hands, whether you know it or not.

If you’re considering putting in a finished basement, man cave, recreation room, home gym, or anything else, here are some basement remodeling tips you should take into account before you start renovating.

  • Know the code. Check with your municipality before you decide to spearhead any remodeling services. Even if your renovation is taking place entirely inside the home, you’ll need to receive the proper building permits. This is especially important for projects that require electrical or plumbing work.
  • Remember that you’re in a basement. The basement structure isn’t the same as the rest of your home; it is your foundation. In most cases, nails and screws won’t be able to penetrate the walls or floors without causing damage to your foundation structure. However, there are specific tools that can attach fasteners to concrete or brick. The remodeling company you hire should have the proper equipment to work around this.
  • Keep your basement dry. Again, remember that your home is probably on the older side, and leaks can happen. Pools or drips of water are obvious signs, as are cracks or corroded walls and floors. Make sure you take care of moisture issues before you start renovating, and be sure to keep a vapor barrier afterwards and throughout the building process to keep future moisture out.
  • Install insulation. No matter how warm the place you live is or how high you keep your thermostat, heat rises. Basements are inherently cold and need a sufficient amount of insulation in order for them to be livable. The insulation you choose should have vapor barriers on both sides to keep the basement sufficiently warm and dry.
  • Drop ceilings cover electrical and plumbing lines easily and cleanly, while still providing easy access to the lines in case of emergency.
  • Consider recess lighting. This type of lighting won’t take up valuable space like a light fixture might. Coupled with a drop ceiling, this is an easy installation.

These basement remodeling tips are just a few things to keep in mind. For any specific questions you have regarding basement remodeling Milwaukee homes, contact the professionals at Gabor Design Build.