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Finished Basements Plus Q&A

Can you paint the wood chips ceiling in the basement?

You can spray the ceilings in your basement with a Dryfall paint that is designed for this kind of use. It is a great way to maximize the ceiling height in your basement while giving the space a slightly more industrial feel. Adding in recessed lighting and crown molding on the walls provides this style of space with a finished look.

Does a finished basement count as sq ft?

In Michigan, space that is not fully above grade does not count towards the overall square footage of your home. However, basements that have a high quality finish can add substantial value to your home and are extremely desirable to potential buyers.

How do you finish a basement floor?

Installing flooring in your basement is not like installing flooring in your upstairs living space. Because the basement is vulnerable to humidity from the concrete below, it's important that your flooring will not be damaged by moisture. As Michigan's basement expert, Finished Basements Plus provides solutions designed to isolate your floor surface from the cold, hard, damp concrete.

How much does finished basement add to appraised value?

A finished basement when done correctly can add value to your home. It can be seen as extra usable space that is finished to match the quality of the rest of the home. On the other hand, when finished incorrectly a basement could be seen as a potential issue with the home if apparent updating or poor quality work is done. We have all seen those old basements with paneling and dim lighting that are calling out for help. Using materials designed for the basement environment and a well planned design, your basement can be seen as an asset to the home and something to help it stand out from adjacent properties.

What is that board outside on top of a basement wall?

The board outside on top of a basement wall is the bond. The bond is the space between the rafters at the end of the joists that sits on top of your basement block walls What Should be Used to Insulate the Bond? We suggest using our patented SilverGlo insulation to insulate this space. The most important component of SilverGlo is that it has no organic material and therefore mold can't grow on it. This material is EPS foam infused with graphite which increases the R-value. There is also a built in radiant barrier to reflect the heat back into the basement. Installing Sliver-Glo Insulation After the SilverGlo is installed we foam seal around each piece to ensure that there is no air leaking into or out of the basement. Eliminating air leakage prevents any condensation from forming, this creates a healthy and dry basement environment and home.

What is the average price for square foot doing a remodel basement?

Remodeling basements is much different than remodeling the upstairs of your home. Due to all of the mechanicals of your home being located in your basement, there are a lot of things to work around during the construction process. This combined with the wiring, piping, and ceiling heights of your basement make each individual home different. All of these factors affect the design and layout of your basement making it difficult to provide an average price per square foot to remodel your basement. The best thing to do is have one of our basement specialists come out to inspect your space, measure your basement, and then provide you with a quote for remodeling.

What is the square foot price for remodeling the basement?

Remodeling basements is much different than remodeling the upstairs of your home. Due to all of the mechanicals of your home being located in your basement, there are a lot of things to work around during the construction process. This combined with the wiring, piping, and ceiling heights of your basement make each individual home different. All of these factors affect the design and layout of your basement making it difficult to provide an average price per square foot to remodel your basement. The best thing to do is have one of our basement specialists come out to inspect your space, measure your basement, and then provide you with a quote for remodeling.

What percent humidity should a finished basement be?

Use a hydrometer to test the humidity in the basement. Keep in mind that the humidity levels will go up and down as the season's change. Finished or unfinished, the humidity level in your basement should not be higher than 50%.

A solution for a humid basement is to install a commercial-sized dehumidifier. Stay away from small units that you can buy at a big box store; they will not do the hob. Invest in a unit large enough to handle the whole space, such as a SaniDry Dehumidifier.

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