where do we begin? :)

green_thumb_wannabeApril 9, 2014

We are about ready to start learning the process and steps to finishing our basement and would love any advice you have. Our home is newly built and the walk-out basement is poured concrete and already has the sump pump, electrical panel, and plumbing for a bathroom. We are hoping it will not be too difficult for us to manage the project and maybe even do some of the work ourselves. Are there any websites, books, etc. that you would recommend for us to begin learning about the steps as well as the latest products available? Thanks for any help you could give!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Sorry, I have no recommendations for sites to get you started. Probably local home centers have DIY books to offer ideas.

My suggestion is to first establish how you will use the space and the corresponding finishing touches; e.g. extension of the house. children's play area, apartment, entertainment space, etc.. Then draw a layout - measure, locate fixed entities, position approximate walls. Graph paper and a pencil will suffice.

Our basement is conventional, We actually placed masking tape on the floor to "live" the space before beginning the build-out. Lighting, receptacles' and built-ins were positioned accordingly.

This is not a simple matter because you will need to "shop" in order to obtain sizes of various of desired fixtures to make certain they will fit. I gained a new respect for architects while doing this. But, our final build has modest variations to the plan. And, should you hire a designer, providing your insight will aid them to deliver what you want. For certain, a back-up sump pump, humidity control and depending on your zone the possibility of auxiliary heat.

I've linked our finished space with explanations accompanying many. It was entirely DIY, done over the course of five winters. Good luck.

Here is a link that might be useful: Basement

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 2:43PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Before you finish your basement, you need to be sure the basics are right. The best site for accurate information is Building Science Corp.

Don't assume the builder has got it right!

    Bookmark   April 10, 2014 at 6:30PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
want to finish basement but very humid...
Have an unfinished basement. House built 2012. During...
Mysterious Concrete Box in Basement
I am considering placing an offer on a house (built...
Spray foam basement band joists
I just had an energy audit and one thing they recommended...
water in unfinished basement
Well its in the 50s here in NJ and the snow is melting....
water seeping through floor?
I have a finished walk out basement. After several...
Sponsored Products
Campania International Mariposa Cast Stone Bird Bath - B-033-AL
$134.99 | Hayneedle
Robert Abbey | Jayne Table Lamp
$245.30 | YLighting
Blake Ottoman
$995.00 | FRONTGATE
American Traditions French Tile Pillow Biking Red
$24.99 | Bellacor
Four 14" x 20" Placemats
$46.90 | Horchow
Pi 5MM50PNK 25 ft 5C Green Wire 50 LED Christmas Lights
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™