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4. Paying attention to air circulation
When our home was first built, the odds are that there were few if any registers or vents installed in the basement. When we remodel our basement, we need to think about the need for good air circulation, adding openings where necessary.
We will also have to include a return air duct, but it's important that it be located far from the furnace. Otherwise, it may suck dangerous furnace exhaust fumes back into the house.
To be on the safe side, install a carbon monoxide detector in our basement so that we will have an early warning of any problems with the venting of the furnace or any other major appliances.5. Maximizing basement's natural light
For many reasons, we will probably want to add more light in our basement. If parts of the basement extend above the ground, we can add new windows or enlarge existing ones.
If that isn't possible, another option is to dig window wells. Window wells can increase the odds of water problems, so it's a good idea to build ones with waterproof covers.
Another advantage of enlarged windows is that they provide alternative escape routes in case of fire. One concern that some people have about basement windows is that they provide thieves with ideal access to the home. One way to mitigate that risk is to install glass blocks (rather than conventional windows) at high-risk locations.
It is necessary to maximize the effect of regular windows by mounting some windows in the interior walls between rooms that open pathways for natural light to reach interior rooms.
6. Making creative use of artificial light
Typically, basement ceilings are low, creating the feeling that we are in a cave. To offset this, use indirect lighting that splashes large pools of light on the ceiling. This will open up the space and make rooms appear higher than they are.
A mix of this up-lighting and traditional recessed lighting will give us the flexibility we need to create a variety of lighting moods. Mirrors, mounted on the walls or even ceilings, can also amplify and reinforce lighting effects.
7. Insulating basement well
Proper insulation is critical to creating a comfortable, dry basement. Besides keeping out the cold, basement insulation prevents condensation. The ground stays cool year round. It in turn keeps basement walls cool. When the warmer air in the room comes in contact with all those cool walls, it has to give up some of its moisture in the form of condensation.
Condensation is, in fact, the primary source of the moisture that causes mold and mildew problems in basements. Effective insulation separates the warm air of the room from the cool walls, thereby preventing the moisture problems that stem from condensation.
8. Selecting practical furnishings
Let us use plush carpets and drapes sparingly, if at all. Surfaces that don't absorb moisture are best. Also, we must be careful about storing clothes, linens and books in a basement. For floors, area rugs are ideal because they can be removed, cleaned and dried. If we must have wall-to-wall carpeting, let us consider a low pile commercial or indoor/outdoor type.
If we pay attention to details, there is no reason why we can't create high value, high comfort living space in a basement. Properly finishing a basement only costs a fraction of what it costs to build an addition. That means we will have more money in our pocket for the next big home improvement project on our list!

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