Date Published: 09/18/2020 [Source]
Having a finished basement sounds like a dream come true for many homeowners. Not only are you expanding the overall living area of your home, you're potentially creating the playroom, entertainment area, or office/craft/meditation space you've always wanted. But, where should you begin? What does it involve? And how much will it cost?
Before you run out to the hardware store, there are a few things to consider. First of all, how much of it can you do yourself, and how much of it will require a professional? What's your vision for this space? If you have an extra bedroom space in mind, are you planning on including a bathroom? If this is the case, you'll need the services of a licensed plumber and electrician. It's important to know your limits.
Because a basement is partially or completely beneath the ground level, it's important to check radon levels if you plan to spend lots of time in this space. Radon is an odorless radioactive gas that seeps into basements from surrounding soils. There are tests you can buy to check it yourself, or you can hire a licensed radon contractor.