Bob Vila Radio: Finishing a Basement

Finishing your basement is a great way to add space and value to your home. If you have enough ceiling height and you’re willing to take care of moisture problems first, your basement is a good candidate for a build-out.

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Listen to BOB VILA ON FINISHING A BASEMENT, or read text below:

“Finishing your basement is a great way to add space and value to your home. If you have enough ceiling height and you’re willing to take care of moisture problems first, your basement is a good candidate for a build-out.

The thing to know about basements is that they’re just holes in the ground. Whether it’s through the floor, walls or in the air, water will find its way in eventually. With a perimeter drain, however, and vapor barrier on the walls, you can get that moisture out again before it wrecks your stuff.

If you’re finishing your basement, never use materials that will be damaged or grow mold when they get wet. Metal studs, fiberglass-faced drywall, tile, and other non-organic materials are best for basements. Never put wood on a basement floor. Specially engineered raised plastic underlayments will allow you to lay carpet over them while allowing any water on the concrete underneath to escape.

Before you start, run your plans by your local building department; especially if you’re adding a bedroom or a bathroom in your basement, it’s important to know the code.

Get more info at BobVila.com… and right here at home with me, Bob Vila!”

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day. 

For more on finishing a basement, consider:

Basement Remodels Add More Living Space
Basement Finishing System Installation (video)
Recapping the Remodeling and Converting an Unfinished Basement into Living Space (video)