1. Address any water issues.
Before you do any work in your basement, you need to make sure you’ve noted — and corrected — any water issues.
2. Install TWO sump pumps.
Most basements are inherently subject to flooding, and even the best-laid plans cannot eliminate the chance of flooding completely. However, you can reduce the impact of any water in your basement by installing a sump pump — and a backup sump pump.
3. Choose organic materials
In addition to sump pumps, choosing materials that can handle moisture and getting wet is key to the longevity of your basement construction or remodel. By choosing your flooring carefully, and leaning toward organic versus inorganic materials whenever possible, you’ll reduce your risk.
4. Capitalize on radiant heat.
5. Use decorative concrete to your advantage.
Cement floors are so stereotypical in basements. Gray, boring, beat up and uninviting. But your basement concrete floor doesn’t have to be.
6. Put up radiant panels.
If for any reason in-floor radiant heating doesn’t make sense for your basement, you can still utilize the power of radiant panels, which can be easily mounted on the walls to add extra warmth to your basement in a stylish way.
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