Latest Discussions : Basement & Foundation


12:35PM | 03/13/09
Member Since: 03/12/09
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Hey all, new guy here. Sure to be a frequent poster/reader as I am getting into my first home.

Speaking of which...

The house is a small tudor (app 1000 sq ft) and has two small bedrooms on the ground level (app 10x10 each), which, obviously, will not fit a king size bed. Therefore, the wife and I are contemplating turning the finished basement into a bedroom suite.

I wanted to ask all you seasoned vets on here any foreseeable problems with doing so.

I have already considered the following problems: moisture, spiders, mice, lack of egress, and would love suggestions on how to remedy these.

Are there any other problems I should consider with making a basement into a permanent master bedroom?

Thanks in advance.


05:54AM | 03/24/09
Member Since: 03/03/05
271 lifetime posts
Basements in old homes were not designed to be living space. Since my business involves mold issues, almost every week I am called to inspect a converted basement.

Also, I can't imagine a less romantic place than a basement for a master bedroom. You are better off knocking down walls between two rooms to create one larger room and adding a spare bedroom to the basement....which I still do not recommend.

Basement - low ceiling, poor lighting and poor air quality.

How about adding a dormer in the attic?

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