Do you need extra space for a family room, a guest suite, a home office, or a man cave? Many Chicago houses are equipped with a basement which can be easily and affordably transformed from an unfinished space into the extra living areas you need.
You’ll have the opportunity to start from scratch and design every detail of the space from wall placement and light fixtures to color palettes and furniture. Before the fun part begins, you have to make sure that any potential moisture issues are under control. If your basement experiences severe moisture problems, your basement may not be a candidate for a makeover.
Fortunately, dehumidifiers and other tools are able to render most Chicago basements suitable as additional living space. Ready to get started?
How Will You Use the Space?
When you moved into your home, you may have been a little disappointed by the layout in some rooms. If you finish a basement, you’re able to create a space that perfectly meets the needs of your family. Some choose to leave the basement open while others opt to wall off certain areas to create privacy or to better separate the different areas. Basements can be used for:
- Home Theaters
- Craft Rooms
- Family Rooms
- Kids’ Play Areas
- Extra Bedrooms
- Laundry Rooms
- Teen Hang Outs
- Man Caves
- Home Offices
- Guest Suites
- Home Gyms
- And More!
DIY or No?
The short answer is no. Unless you’re an experienced contractor, you won’t be equipped to deal with the entire process. Finishing a basement is about much more than throwing up some walls—that’s why you need an experienced basement finishing contractor who is skilled in handling every part of the process including moisture control, design, choosing basement-appropriate materials, and more.
Basement Safety and City Regulations
Another reason a DIY project isn’t a good idea is that you may not be aware of the safety regulations that govern a finished basement. These rules are designed to ensure anyone in the basement would be able to escape in the case of a fire or other incident. For example, egress windows are required and must meet certain guidelines in order to meet Chicago’s city code. A qualified basement contractor will be well versed on this information and will ensure your renovation is up to code.
A Complete Basement Finishing System
Matrix Basement Systems provides comprehensive basement remodeling services that include design and execution of your custom plans. Our basement services include the basement ceiling, egress windows, flooring, and fully insulated, moisture- and mold-resistant wall panels.
The professionals at Matrix Basement Systems use innovative materials that are specially designed to perform well in a basement setting. These products deliver superior strength, style, moisture resistance, and energy efficiency all delivered at affordable prices and installed by certified professionals. Contact us today for more information or to schedule a free, in-home design consultation.