You may be tempted to do a basement remodeling job by yourself, but hiring a professional is always a better idea. Unless you work as a contractor, you won’t know the ins and outs of creating a beautiful and usable space and may end up with a mess. Hiring someone who knows what they’re doing will save you the time and cost of unfortunate mistakes. So what can a contractor do for your basement project? Have a look.
A good contractor will always use 2×4 studs placed no further than 16 inches apart to create the foundation of your new walls. Beware of any so-called professionals who try to cut corners and costs by using 2×2 or 2×3 boards in placements of 2 feet or more. This will only lead to a weaker wall. The drywall in weak walls tends to crack due to the moving and shifting of your home, leaving you to do basement remodeling repairs sooner rather than later.
2×4 studs leave enough room that a contractor can install electric and plumbing for a highly functional space. Build a downstairs bathroom or add a home office with plenty of outlets. The studs also leave an area for proper insulation. Your room will be cooler in the summer and warmer during winter months with the correct lining. Smaller boards will crush your insulation, making it less effective and possibly leaving the room unusable during portions of the year. Insulation can also create noise reduction in the room for a softer sounding space. Use it to practice instruments or as a playroom for the kids.
By building with the correct materials and creating a serviceable framework, you can add warmth and value to your basement remodeling project. Find a contractor with a great reputation who is willing to build without cutting corners, and you’ll have an area you can use reliably for years to come.