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Guidelines for Basement Finishing in Chicago

15 Feb

Basement finishes and renovations should not be a DIY project. Disastrous consequences like injuries and costly mistakes can happen. Hiring a contractor for basement finishing in Chicago is your first step for a well-designed and properly built additional living space. Certain issues and concerns in a basement improvement project can be addressed effectively by these experts.

Technical and Mechanical Issues

Plumbing work, electrical wiring, and protective framing are intricate jobs only professionals can successfully accomplish. Sinks or complete bathrooms may be installed. Recessed or artificial lighting is recommended, especially for basements lacking windows for natural illumination. Carpentry skills are needed to frame ceilings and walls, especially if posts, ventilation exhausts, or ducts are present.

Waterproofing and Insulation

As it is located underground, the basement is prone to moisture accumulation and cold temperatures. This could even be made worse in Chicago’s wet, humid seasons and breezes. Quality materials that are resistant to moisture pooling, which leads to molds and rot, must be utilized. Heating and ventilation systems should be set up strategically. Additional waterproofing and insulation methods are done by experienced contractors.

Lawful Nitty-Gritty

According to the Chicago Building Code, basement finishes and remodels require a permit. Local community or suburb mandates may also apply. The foremost reason for these is to ensure safety in any renovation project. With established credentials, licensed contractors in the area are valuable in executing a finished basement compliant to legal requirements and standards.

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Posted by on February 15, 2014 in Home Improvement

 

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