Do-it-yourself basement remodeling ideas include eliminating moisture problems, installing a downstairs bathroom and compensating for the lack of natural lighting. Before beginning any project, the homeowner must check with the local building authorities to ensure the project meets code requirements.
Because basements are below grade, moisture is often a problem. While waterproofing can help, installing a sump pump that eliminates any moisture that collects in the area is essential to protect your investment. A moisture alarm sends an alert if there is a problem the pump is not correcting. Several companies also offer basement wall systems made of waterproof materials that flooding in the basement cannot ruin.
Installing a downstairs bathroom is a great way to increase the functionality of the basement; however, the below-grade level does not allow drains to flow without assistance. Adding a macerating bathroom pump that turns on automatically to remove grey water and toilet waste is the least expensive way to handle this project. The pump installs in a tank behind the toilet or behind a wall.
Basement windows are often small and do not allow enough natural lighting. If the basement has a suspended ceiling, adding fluorescent lighting is an easy remodeling project. Perimeter lighting that illuminates the walls helps to simulate natural lighting and is a good way to make the area feel larger.