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.