Rhode Island Basement Remodeling

Rhode Island Basement Remodeling

Rhode Island basement remodeling can be a daunting task. You look at your basement now and see cement walls, red support posts, and what looks like miles of ductwork and pipes of various sizes and materials. Don't let these things overwhelm you. All of these  issues can be dealt with, ultimately creating a beautiful living space. Over the years I have utilized a few methods to address many of the things you are faced with and offer some of them here.

Basement Remodeling Essentials

Furnace, water pipes, sewage pipes, electrical junction boxes and sump pump access is critical and often required. Also, support posts in the basement are essential to the structural integrity of the home and cannot be removed. How do you work around these? Here are some thoughts:

  • Upgrade your sump pump. A battery backup model is strongly recommended if the basement is finished or if you travel.
  • Support poles can be boxed in with drywall. When applicable, I prefer pole treatments that imitate a wooden column.
  •  Unfinished basement areas may also include furnace and utility rooms. The doors, however, to these areas must be be wide enough to accommodate removing and replacing furnaces and water heaters. The doors should  also be louvered so that the furnace is properly ventilated.

Potential Basement Remodeling Problems

In addition, Rhode Island basement remodeling projects can encounter several issues such as:

  • Foundation floors and walls are not straight or level.
  • Walls can lean in or out.
  • Floors are often sloped to allow drainage in case of flooding.

Often, many people often desire a finished plaster ceiling. However, a key consideration is that wiring and plumbing access is required. This is especially true if the electrical wiring has junction boxes or there are water shut-off valves between the rafters. A four inch dropped ceiling allows easy access to these systems.

Rhode Island Basement Remodeling Testimonials/FAQ's

We have provided some additional links to address additional questions that you may have, as well as the services, that Handyman John provides. However, if you should still have any questions, please contact John directly. He may be reached at 401.714.5790 or write him at handymanjohnri@cox.net. John will be happy to answer any questions that you may have, as well as, provide a free estimate.

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