Question: We are in dire need of more living space, but tight finances precludes buying a larger home or extensive remodeling. We're considering converting our basement for this purpose. What are the biggest drawbacks to this?
Answer: A finished basement can increase a home's living space by as much as 50 percent. You'll have to contend with masses of wires, pipes and ducts running through this area, but most can be rerouted to fall between joists and then covered with a suspended ceiling.
Often you'll have to contend with moisture problems. These must be resolved before going ahead with the job. This could involve installing a curtain drain around the house foundation, or using sump pumps and baseboard drains. Sealing and waterproofing the foundation might also be necessary.
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