Even if it's now cold concrete and also crammed with boxes of off-season duds, the lowest floor of your home probably has heaps of potential. Treat it as you would some one of the rooms aboveground, than adding on, and it could just turn into the most popular spot in the home. Here's our bottom-line advice for turning this space you'll be willing to spend time in.
Make Space for Food
You do not require a complete kitchen. However, you will get plenty of mileage from a refrigerator for beverages, a cupboard to carry snacks, and a microwave for heat leftovers or creating popcorn for movie nights. Maintain a tray handy for transporting and stacking dishes upstairs.
Will You Want More Headroom?
Several codes call for 7 days to 71/2 feet of clearance. If you don't have that height, then you might have the ability to dig out and lower the floor, but it is a job that is pricey. Ask your contractor if moving pipes and ducts might take care of the problem.
The ideal Floors to Use If You Are Worried About Moisture
Adura Plank with LockSolid Technology in Timber Ridge, $5.29 per square foot; Mannington Flooring
Finishing Foundation Walls: Interlocking Panel Systems
Best for: DIYers who want to save labor and floor space
Four Simple Things to Have About When It's Done
1. A portable light, stored in the event of a power outage, at an easy-to-find place.