Finishing a basement is great way to add living space to a home. Additional living space can be gained without the cost of building an addition; saving costs on foundations, exterior walls and roof systems. On average, the living space can be increased by as much as 33% for a typical two story home in our area. Some common features included in a basement remodel may include the following: Bedroom, Family Room, Bar, Exercise Room, Home Theater, Fireplace Update, Laundry Room or Home Office.
When remodeling a basement, it is important to take into account several factors. By code, it is required that all finished basements must have an emergency escape opening as a means of egress in case of a fire. The emergency egress can consist of a window with 5.7 square feet of clear opening that is less than 44” inches off of the floor with a 36” x 36” window well with ladder to escape. Each bedroom in a basement must meet the requirement and a door will meet the code as well. It is also important to start with a dry basement. If water is present, it is recommended to have a sump pump along with a waterproofing system installed. Backing up the sump pump with a battery also helps to keep the basement dry during a power failure.
Adding a bedroom to a basement is popular use of space. Visiting guests have their own private space or a growing family may need an additional bedroom. With the cost of assisting living, many families are choosing to create a space in the basements for parents to live.
When considering updates to your home; don’t forget to include the basement in your remodeling plans. As you can you can see; the basement can be converted into additional living space that does not have to appear like an afterthought and can provide additional room in keeping with the character of your home.
If you would like to talk about ideas for remodeling or renovating your home in Fairfax, Mclean, Springfield, Woodbridge, Alexandria, Arlington, and Falls Church VA, reach out to us at Foster Remodeling. Call now for a free consultation!
Written by Chris Arnold – Senior Design Consultant – Foster Remodeling Solutions