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4 Important Considerations for Remodeling Your Basement

For some people, the basement is just a place for random ‘stuff’. But it has the potential to be so much more, and if you are looking to increase your livable space, refinishing this room can be the perfect way to accomplish this. Whether you are looking to create a man cave, play room for the kids, sanctuary, or place to entertain, there are some core considerations that must be addressed to render a successful remodel. Here are just a few such matters:

Make Sure It’s Dry

Basements are notorious for suffering from all manner of water damage, and before you pour money into a remodel, you want to make sure there aren’t any lurking water issues that could wreak havoc down the line. Check exterior walls for moisture; the ground should slope away from the foundation walls. Clear out the downspouts, or you could welcome a lot of moisture into the basement.  You don’t necessarily have to put the entire project on hold, but if you find water coming through the foundation or slab, and you haven’t pinpointed the source yet, leave that space untouched for now. It can be tempting to just ‘cover it up,’ but that will lead to all sorts of issues from moldy insulation to ruined flooring.

Think Ahead to Future Projects

The basement is usually ground zero for most of a house’s mechanical systems, and before you start a total remodel of the space, think ahead to any future projects you may be cooking up. Chances are, you are going to have to get back in there for one reason or another, and if you have already remodeled, you run the risk of undoing at least some of the work. For example, if you are planning on doing some work to your kitchen, put a few electrical circuits into the floor system now; if a new bathroom is in your near future, set up the supply and waste lines now.

Height

Most basements were not built with the idea of a living space in mind, so you may be working with low ceilings, or wiring, piping or ductwork that hangs low. You have a couple of options. You can dig down to increase space, or you can relocate the ductwork, piping,etc.. You should meet with professionals for an evaluation of your options.

Identify Any Potentially Hazardous Materials

Now that you are turning your basement into a bonafide living space, you want to make sure there are no hazardous materials that could endanger the health of you or your family.  Asbestos was commonly used in sealing the seams of ductwork in older homes; if your house was built before 1978, there is a good chance there is some lead paint hanging around. Your contractor can help you identify any potential problems, and you can have samples analyzed at a lab to be sure.

Remodeling a basement is an exciting prospect for increasing the livable space in your home, but it can be one of the more complicated remodeling projects there is. Following these four tips can lay the foundation for a successful re-do. Just remember to think things through, and be patient with the process.

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Atlanta Homes for Sale

$599,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
5,283
SQFT
579 Amsterdam Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30306
Morningside Subdivision
Price Change - 6 days ago
$1,174,999
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1
SQFT
822 Argonne Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
Midtown Subdivision
Open House Sun, Nov 1, 3 PM
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$1,495,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,200
SQFT
792 Argonne Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
Midtown Subdivision
$839,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,661
SQFT
Midtown O4 W #2
742 Ponce De Leon Court NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
$1,895,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,794
SQFT
727 Courtenay Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Morningside Subdivision
Open House Sun, Nov 1, 2 PM
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$3,295,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
6,400
SQFT
18 Polo Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Ansley Park Subdivision
$2,150,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,918
SQFT
284 The Prado NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
Ansley Park Subdivision
$1,699,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
3,690
SQFT
876 Barnett Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Virginia Highlands Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$1,949,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
937 Virginia Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Virginia Highland Subdivision
$1,550,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,200
SQFT
1333 Berwick Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Morningside Subdivision
$1,895,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,728
SQFT
941 Virginia Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Virginia Highland Subdivision
$2,495,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
6
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
5,950
SQFT
751 Sherwood Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Morningside Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,250,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,400
SQFT
Poncey Haus #1
1 Angier Springs Court NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Price Change - a week ago
$1,807,700
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
7 Brattle Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Morningside Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,887,300
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
1786 Croften Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Morningside Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,808,100
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
1781 Croften Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Morningside Subdivision
$2,350,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
6
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
6,592
SQFT
1742 Pine Ridge Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Morningside Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$1,895,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,809
SQFT
1021 Reeder Circle NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Morningside Subdivision
Price Change - 6 days ago
$1,685,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
10,000
SQFT
1871 Windemere Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
MORNINGSIDE Subdivision
$1,195,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
2,931
SQFT
1261 Virginia Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Ardyn Subdivision
$1,299,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
3,700
SQFT
1931 Windemere Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Morningside Subdivision
$1,599,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,129
SQFT
1231 Reeder Circle NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Morningside Subdivision
$2,495,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
7
TOTAL BATHS
5,800
SQFT
1731 Wildwood Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Morningside Subdivision
$1,299,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
6
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
3,268
SQFT
1054 Euclid Avenue NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
Inman Park Subdivision
New Listing - a week online
$1,248,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
6
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
4,500
SQFT
1377 Briarcliff Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Druid Hills Subdivision
Open House Sat, Oct 31, 1 PM
Please verify times due to COVID-19
$1,349,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,534
SQFT
2048 Fairhaven Circle NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
Peachtree Hills Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$900,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
2,528
SQFT
303 Candler Street
Atlanta, GA 30307
Candler Park Subdivision
$1,699,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
4,069
SQFT
1785 Noble Drive
Atlanta, GA 30306
Morningside Subdivision
$1,849,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
5,844
SQFT
1783 Noble Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
Morningside Subdivision
$259,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,152
SQFT
626 NW English Avenue NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
 
$1,595,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
4,500
SQFT
1626 Clifton Terrace NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
The Cottages at South Ponce Subdivision
New Listing - yesterday
$799,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,559
SQFT
Southerland #26
245 Colebrook Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$682,940
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,608
SQFT
1316 Boyd Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30318
West Town Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$682,940
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,608
SQFT
1318 Boyd Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30318
West Town Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$699,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,467
SQFT
1136 Boulevard Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30317
Reynoldstown Subdivision
$619,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,539
SQFT
509 Broadview Place NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Broadview Place Subdivision
$548,646
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,032
SQFT
507 Broadview Place NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Broadview Place Subdivision
$565,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,083
SQFT
1223 Hardee Street
Atlanta, GA 30307
Oxley Edgewood Subdivision
$550,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
1,922
SQFT
1223 Hardee Street
Atlanta, GA 30307
Oxley Edgewood Subdivision
$598,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,502
SQFT
516 Broadview Lane NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Broadview Place Subdivision
$859,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,200
SQFT
1356 Woodland Hills Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Woodland Hills Subdivision
New Listing - 4 weeks online
$565,333
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
2,045
SQFT
616 Broadview Terrace NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Broadview Place Subdivision
$549,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,053
SQFT
627 Broadview Terrace NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Broadview Place Subdivision
$674,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
5
TOTAL BATHS
2,685
SQFT
625 Broadview Terrace NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Broadview Place Subdivision
$569,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,048
SQFT
621 Broadview Terrace NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Broadview Place Subdivision
$568,990
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
1,914
SQFT
614 Broadview Terrace NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Broadview Place Subdivision
$544,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,074
SQFT
576 Broadview Place NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Broadview Place Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$649,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,200
SQFT
278 Lindbergh Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30305
Garden Hills Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$749,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
5
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,500
SQFT
55 Mortimer Street SE
Atlanta, GA 30317
Edgewood Subdivision
$685,630
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,039
SQFT
912 King Street
Atlanta, GA 30318
West Town Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$679,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active Under Contract
4
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
3,039
SQFT
915 King Street
Atlanta, GA 30318
West Town Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$719,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
6
TOTAL BATHS
3,342
SQFT
910 King Street
Atlanta, GA 30318
West Town Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$674,597
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,651
SQFT
919 Luther Street
Atlanta, GA 30318
West Town Subdivision
New Listing - 3 weeks online
$672,542
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
2,651
SQFT
1470 Fairmont Avenue
Atlanta, GA 30318
West Town Subdivision
$735,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Pending
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,656
SQFT
946 Longley Avenue NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Howell Station Subdivision
$529,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
4
TOTAL BATHS
1,800
SQFT
81 Hutchinson Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
Edgewood Subdivision
Price Change - 4 weeks ago
$614,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
3
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
668 Bryan Street SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
Grant Park Subdivision
$600,000
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
2
TOTAL BATHS
1,700
SQFT
1717 Defoor Avenue NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
Underwood Hills Subdivision
New Listing - 5 days online
$674,900
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
5
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,650
SQFT
1336 George W Brumley Way SE
Atlanta, GA 30317
Edgewood Subdivision
New Listing - 2 weeks online
$698,500
Single Family Home For Sale
Active
4
BED
3
TOTAL BATHS
2,800
SQFT
62 Montgomery Street NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
Edgewood, Kirkwood Subdivision