Spring Home Improvement

5 projects to recre­ate your basement


Mak­ing the most of your basement doesn’t have to mean costly con­trac­tors and ex­pen­sive re­mod­el­ing sce­nar­ios. Sev­eral easy DIY projects that you can take on alone, with the aid of the right tools, can help you gain that ex­tra space you wish for. Ready to get started? Give these projects a try:

* Build walls. Adding dry­wall to your basement has a big im­pact on the space im­me­di­ately. Use 2-by-4s to mark where the walls will stand and place studs 16 inches apart. Then nail the pan­els to the wall where the edges meet the studs and cover the seams with dry­wall tape. Once the walls are up, mud the seams and ar­eas where nail pops ap­pear. A dry­wall saw or power saw will help you shape your dry­wall per­fectly, but if you don’t own one, you don’t have to buy one. It’s more cost ef­fi­cient to sim­ply rent it in­stead for this one-time pro­ject. Your lo­cal Amer­i­can Rental As­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber rental store will have what you need. Don’t for­get to add dry­wall stands to your rental list.

* A touch of paint. A fresh coat of paint means you won’t have to stare at those drab walls in your new space. You can paint the space by hand, but if you have a large basement and you want to give ev­ery room that pro­fes­sional look, rent a paint sprayer in­stead. The cost is worth the time saved.

* Freshen up your floor. If your basement is com­pletely un­fin­ished, you prob­a­bly have cold, con­crete floors. How you im­prove them is up to you. If you want the pol­ished, mar­bled look, con­sider rent­ing con­crete floor fin­ish­ing equip­ment for a look that’s sure to amaze. And if the ap­pear­ance of hard­wood is more your style, lam­i­nate floor­ing pan­els are in­ex­pen­sive and easy to in­stall. Lastly, if you want the feel of car­pet be­neath your feet, don’t for­get to add the pad first to make those fu­ture steps a plea­sure.

* Elim­i­nate the stink. Your new basement is com­ing together, now what can you do about that musty basement smell? A de­hu­mid­i­fier can help. You can pur­chase one at your lo­cal home goods store and when you get it home, try to place it near the wash­tub sink if your basement has one. This will al­low you to drain right into the sink and save you from hav­ing to empty the de­hu­mid­i­fier reg­u­larly.

* In­stall a sump pump. Now that you’ve re­fin­ished your basement, don’t let wa­ter dam­age ruin all your hard work. A sump pump can pro­tect against flood­ing is­sues and in­stalling one is easy. Most new homes have a lo­ca­tion marked for a sump pump; it will look like a small well. Fol­low the wa­ter pipes in your home and you can find it. Once you do, pur­chase a sump pump from your lo­cal home goods store and fol­low the easy in­struc­tions to in­stall in less than an hour.


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