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Basement Finishing Tips to Increase the Value of Your Home

According to Remodeling Magazine, the top ten home improvements that offer more than a 50-percent return on your investment are kitchen, bath and basement remodels. Here's a rundown on what you should consider when you decide to beautify your basement:

  1. If you're planning to install a bathroom or a wet bar, plumbing needs to be the first priority since pipes may need to be installed beneath the cement floor.
  2. If your basement is not already equipped with glass block windows, install them now.
  3. Once the plumbing system is in place, be sure to install a sufficient number of electrical outlets and telephone lines to accomodate TVs, cable, lamps and computers.
  4. Drywalling is the easiest way to cover cement and cinder block walls. Don't forget baseboards to protect the drywall from dents or scratches.
  5. When it comes to ceiling choices, acoustical tiles are a safe bet. Not only are these tiles esthetically pleasing, but they also provide easy access to utilities for the rest of the house.
  6. Since the floor of the basement is in direct contact with the ground, it is going to be cold. Installing a subfloor between the concrete and flooring surface (carpet, tile) will provide a warmer, dryer environment.
  7. Replace existing door on the main floor leading to the basement stairs with a French door. More light will reach the basement, and you won't swing open a door in someone's face.
  8. Use horizontal design elements to emphasize the width and length of the room rather than its lack of height. Set floor tiles in a diagonal pattern to make the room feel wider.

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