Basement Remodeling – Part Three

Ceiling height is one of the next concerns that you need to think about when it comes to remodeling your basement. Most ceilings will have a clearance of around 8 to 9 feet. You’ll want to check your local building codes to make sure that you have the minimum required ceiling height before going any further with your remodeling project.

The quickest way to check the ceiling height is to measure the distance between the floor and the bottom of the sealing joints to determine if there is enough room for creating a new living area.

If you discover that you do not have the room that you want or need – your plans may call for modifications to the existing floors and/or ceiling, such as installing a new insulated floor or a soundproof sealing system area. If so, you’ll need to allow for these thicknesses when you make your measurements.

Most building codes also dictate that rooms that are being de-signed as living areas (as opposed to bathrooms or launder rooms) must have at least 70 square feet. This includes no less than 84 inches of horizontal space I any direction. By this standard, a wall less than 7 feet long, would not meet the necessary code requirements.

While it may be easy to find 70 square feet of usable space in your basement, the practicality of the space will usually be determined by the kinds of size of the furnishings you need to include. You might have to go with smaller couches, like a love seat in order to conserve space.