Make More of Basement Remodels
These resources offer inspiration and practical tips for finishing basements the right way.
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Finishing a basement can create extra living space with far less cost and complexity than an addition that expands the home’s footprint. Perhaps for that reason alone, finishing a basement is a popular project for many homeowners. But a well-designed basement remodel is much more than an assembly of studs and drywall thrown up over a foundation wall, then trimmed and painted. Understanding and managing the risks of moisture and bulk water is imperative to developing a successful basement design, as is getting the insulation and air-sealing details correct.
In the articles that follow, the editors of Fine Homebuilding walk through the process of getting that basement remodel done right.
Basement Finishing and Remodeling is a free 20-page, full-color PDF download written by Fine Homebuilding authors Steve Baczek, Emanuel Silva, and Andy Engel. The three-article collection highlights the construction know-how needed to build beautiful, comfortable living spaces below grade, covering:
- Build a Risk-Free Finished Basement
- Replace a Rotten Lally Column
- The Stay-Dry, No-Mold Finished Basement
For ideas and examples, check out 12 Remarkable and Inspiring Basement Remodels, a slide show of projects from the Fine Homebuilding archives.
And learn how to prepare basements to remodel with this Fine Homebuilding Insulate Your Basement video series:
- Insulate Your Basement—Part 1 … The process starts by addressing water.
- Insulate Your Basement—Part 2 … Control airflow and you control heat loss and condensation.
- Insulate Your Basement—Part 3 … Insulate the walls and rim joists.