15 Things to Consider Before Starting a Basement Finishing Project
Turning an unfinished basement into livable space is a big project with even bigger rewards. The space is already there, like a diamond in the rough! Here’s what you need to think about when planning your basement finishing project.
Building and Electrical Code Requirements
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Who Will Do the Work?
How Finished Is “Finished”?
How Much Lighting and What Kind?
LED, Incandescent or Fluorescent?
Plus: Build a full bathroom with a shower in your basement.
How Will It Be Wired?
Do You Want a Safe Room?
Installing Windows? What Kind?
Another item to consider is egress windows. Can people get out of the basement safely in an emergency? Are you required by local building and safety codes to have egress windows? What do you need to know to plan the installation of egress windows?
Should We Incorporate Extra Food Storage?
Does It Have or Need Direct Access to the Outside?
The gas moves from the soil into a home. Although it can seep directly through pores in concrete, the worst entry points are gaps in walls and floors. Any house, of any age, in any state can have elevated radon levels. And it really depends on the way your specific house interacts with the surrounding soil. So your neighbor’s radon level may differ significantly from yours.
Problems arise when radon gas enters your home and gets trapped. And long-term exposure to high levels of radon can cause lung cancer.