Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Considerations in Planning a Home Theater Basement Remodeling Project

Tired of enduring long queues and noisy moviegoers whenever you go to a public theater? If you got the resources and the will to have it your way, you can avoid such hassles by turning your sparingly used basement into a home theater. But before thinking big HD screens, comfy seating, or booming subwoofers, you need to consider critical factors that affect major basement remodeling projects like this. Here are a few of them.

Electronics and water don’t mix – Most basements are known as damp, moldy spaces prone to water seepage. Before putting tons of electronics into place, waterproofing your basement is an absolute requirement. French drains, sump pumps, and other forms of waterproofing are effective enough to control seepage.

Local building codes – Basement remodeling projects are like any other home renovation ventures; they’re sanctioned under local legislation (if any). Research on such laws beforehand to make sure that your project will comply with them, especially safety codes. Unless the contractor itself offers to take care of the paperwork, accomplish everything immediately to ensure a hassle-free undertaking.

Existing basement design – There are factors that can put your dreams of a basement home theater to a screeching halt. Aside from moisture and seepage, you have to take note of the existing headspace. Frankly, you cannot put audio and video equipment (not to mention seating) in a space where a small car wouldn’t even fit. Begin by measuring from the basement floor to the bottom of the floor joists above. For a space to be habitable, it has to have an ideal ceiling height of 7.5 feet.

Insulation – Aside from heating and cooling concerns, basement home theaters require soundproofing; unless your family would tolerate you blasting Die Hard late at night while they’re sleeping. While not all remodeling contractors are soundproofing experts themselves, they can offer simple solutions for you to gradually upgrade on. Have a pro to check your basement’s current insulation before anything else.

1 comment:

  1. Great tips David! We have an unfinished basement, and these are good things for us to consider before we finish it. We have about 1,700 square feet in our basement. We are trying to think about what its going to cost us to get the HVAC in there, 1 bathroom, electrical, drywall and carpeting.. I know it all depends on what we want, but I'm trying to figure out if we are looking at $50K or $100K. Thanks for the tips!