In an average home, basements comprise approximately one third available space of the house; and it’s commonly noticed that most basements are used as storage repositories, makeshift laundry rooms, or home offices. In one word, most basements are used less than it should be. Here, we are going to discuss some of the cost-efficient basement remodeling ideas which will help you to utilize the space in your basement to its optimum with very little spending.
Beside insulating pipes from cold weather, or trying to use heat tape, a very effective way of protecting pipes from freezing is to introduce a circulating pump into the water system. By installing a circulation system, the water from the ‘hot’ side of the system gets sent to the ‘cold’ water line. This greatly reduces the possibility of water pipes freezing because the water temperature never reaches the critical freezing point.
The book also talks about water-proofing on page 46-47. I haven’t seen this approach elsewhere, and I’m disappointed not to see discussion of external drain mats and so on. Every book says you have to keep plants away from the house. Well I and I suspect others can’t do that and stay married, so I’ll probably end up building a watertight flower box above a drain mat. This might be a good project to add to a second edition of the book.
One coat of Acid Stain is all that is usually needed. You may feel that you want to go back over the area and spray a little more in some areas. Acid Stain can be applied at a rate of 1 part water to 1 part stain. The coverage rate will be 300-350 square feet per gallon when diluted (two gallons). When applicable after you have tested the stains in an inconspicuous area, you may choose to dilute the stains more to achieve a slightly lighter color.
Ok, I digress, 1,100 square feet basement it is. I would roughly estimate it at about 2,000 to 2,500 for electrical – if you hire someone to run lines but you do the outlet installation. For plumbing a half bath, assuming you already have the rough-in in place and you don’t need to move it and no shower or tub – about a 1,000 (if you hire it out). You could cut both of these in half if you did them yourself. So maybe 3,500 all in, just for that specific work.