Basement remodeling is quickly becoming one of the most popular home remodeling projects — after all, what’s the point of having a large, open space in your house if you’re not going to use it? But if you’re planning on renovating your basement, it’s important to do it right. So let’s take a look at a few important steps to follow when finishing your basement.

Framing and Layout

The first aspect of basement remodeling should involve deciding on the layout you want for the area and putting up framing. Building the frames of the basement walls is a great place to start — not only are they important for building the actual walls, but frames can help you visualize where the walls will be. Working with your general contractor, you’ll be able to decide where the best places for the walls are. It’s important to refer to the basement plan ideas, ensure you’re adhering to any building codes you have to follow, and layout your electrical and plumbing work to ensure that can be done easily before the walls are finished.

Electrical and Plumbing

After the layout is designed and the framework is up, now it’s time to install any electrical wiring or plumbing. It’s important to think about all of the features you may want to be included in your newly finished basement — lighting, sound systems, and plumbing needs should all be thought about before the walls go up. And while many homeowners think they won’t need a bathroom in the basement, bathroom additions can offer an ROI of 86.4% and a home can never really have too many bathrooms. When it comes to electrical work or plumbing, it’s important to leave it to the professionals. It’s not only important to ensure everything is installed correctly and up to code, but that it’s done safely.

Home Theater Features

No finished basement is complete without a home theater. After all, what’s better than having an area in your home for the whole family to come together and watch your favorite flicks? Home theater installations are an ongoing project — the layout should be decided in the initial steps of the basement remodeling project. And it’s important to make sure the electrical work is designed to set up a T.V., sound system, and lighting. But after the walls are up, it’s time to paint, get some blackout curtains, and invest in some ultra comfortable seating for family movie nights.

A finished basement can add home value, functional space, and allow for better use of previously unused space. And if you follow these simple steps, you’ll have a beautiful new basement in no time.