Your Basement Remodel Step by Step

Basement remodeling projects add livable space to your home and increase your home’s value. An experienced contractor can help design the renovation. They can also coordinate all aspects of the project, including managing the subcontractors and home inspections.

Pre-Construction Preparation

Once you select a contractor and have a project start date, you’ll want to make sure the area is ready for work to begin. Ensure the work area is clutter-free by removing any boxes and furniture. Removing these items will also protect your personal belongings from construction dust and debris.

Damp Proofing

As an underground area, the basement is prone to moisture. Properly sealing the basement and installing moisture-proofing materials will control dampness and prevent water from damaging your new space. 


Depending on what part of the country you live in, your contractor may lay a subfloor over the concrete floor. Not only does the subflooring provide a level surface for the flooring to be installed toward the end of the remodel, but it also provides a layer of insulation during the cold winter months.


The next step in the remodel is to rough-in the electrical wiring. This includes running wires, installing electrical boxes, outlets and switch boxes. A building inspector must sign off on all electrical work before installing the drywall.


Many basements already have a rough-in for a toilet in place. If so, that makes the job a little easier. If not, your contractor will bring in a plumber to build your drain and vent system and install pipes.


Once the drywall is installed, the remodel really starts to take shape. All that remains are the finishing touches that put your personal stamp on the project such as painting, trim, light fixtures, and installing carpet, tile, or laminate flooring.   

Working with a contractor who specializes in basement remodeling will provide you with the expertise to oversee the many stages of your project.