Our latest project has been finishing half of our basement. This is one of the only before photos I have where you can see the old windows and the cinder block walls.
New homes and additions are easier to measure when open and unfinished. The difficult measurements come from old homes. Filling in dead space around a foundation may require an estimate. It is better to estimate on the low side to save cost. If you complete a project and find you need a small amount more, a small kit can be purchased to finish the job. Expanding foam insulation sticks to itself from old to new project very well and will seal completely as if it were done as one job.
Occasionally you may encounter deposits that refuse to surrender to your best cleaning efforts. If scraping or chemical stripping are ineffective at removing glues, caulk, mastics, or other heavy contaminants, Harris says that you may need to resort to mechanical removal methods, such as grinding. However, be aware that mechanical abrasion can also remove a layer of the cement paste from the surface, which will cause the stain to react differently. Grinding can also leave swirl marks in the slab if you’re overly aggressive.
Although permits and design approval are rarely needed for preparation of a basement floor, it is still important to ensure that you have these before starting any kind of work. There is no point in preparing a basement for work that may never actually happen. Also check with your home owners association (where applicable) that your preparation process is in compliance with their rules and regulations.
A large space is hard to define, but clever built-ins can help clarify room divisions while simultaneously aiding organization. For the ultimate video game/movie hub, install a custom entertainment center, complete with bookshelves and cabinets for storing small electronic accessories, movies and books. For those family movie nights, add a wet bar that includes a microwave and mini fridge for popcorn and beverages. You can also create a craft room with a built-in counter and shelves, or add a long booth or bench for extra seating in a game room or playroom. The options are endless, so consult a designer or builder to see what works for your basement remodel.