How to Build Your Own Basement

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If your basement is an unfinished, damp and shadowy place, consider finishing it by building a basement room that can be used as a game room, a media room or a home office.

Things You'll Need

  • Lumber
  • Drywall
  • Paint
  • Flooring options

Instructions On Building Your Own Basement

  • Decide what you want to use your basement for--a spare bedroom, a hobby shop, a man’s getaway. Draw your design on paper with the proper measurements. See if you can have a professional look at your drawings.

  • Figure out what you can afford to spend. Make a budget, and work with your plans until they fit within your finances. Remember to allow for any plumber or electrician costs if you have to hire that out.

  • Measure and shop. Buy all the materials you will need to frame the walls, cover the floor and paint. Don’t forget cabinets, fixtures and furniture.

  • Frame your interior walls, and exterior as well if you have decided you need extra insulation. Run any electrical or plumbing as well as ventilation, heating or cooling options.

  • Insulate, drywall and paint. Finish installing your appliances and hooking up your plumbing and electrical.

  • Install a floor covering. You can use a prefab interlocking product, or lay tile or even carpet if desired. Finish off around the walls with quarter round.

  • Decorate. You built your own basement, and this is the fun part. Install all the goodies you have purchased to turn your basement into a hang out spot. Accessories you may include a pool table, big screen tv, or library.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ideas for a basement room could include a wet bar, extra seating and a plasma TV for a swanky media room, or a simple carpeted floor and built in toy bins for a kids’ play area.
  • Some areas will require a permit for this type of renovation, so check before you build.

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