Basement Conversion: Tips on Turning your Basement into Another Living Space

Prices of homes are based on the total livable square footage, which makes basement conversions a cost-effective way to increase the overall value of your home. A basement conversion can not only increase living space home value, but also increase your quality of life.

If the space was ever needed, a basement conversion can even provide an opportunity for rental income or a mother-in-law suite. If your home has an unfinished basement, it’s practically waiting to be turned into a finished area of your home to enjoy.

Below are some tips on turning your dark, dingy basement into extra living space for whatever purpose works for your living situation.

Prevent Flooding

Basements are prone to flooding, so a good tip for a basement conversion is to be proactive about keeping it dry. Make sure water flows away from the house by sloping the ground around the house away from its foundation. Install downspouts and gutters and use water resistant paint, all in efforts to prevent flooding and mold.

Egress Windows

If anyone lives in the basement, building codes require egress windows for the safety of the occupant in any finished space. Egress windows are great to have regardless, in order to let in natural light and to provide an exit in case of fire or other emergencies.


Basements are known to be dark, so lighting makes all the difference in a basement conversion or basement remodel project. Natural light is the best way to let in light so talk to your local contractors at Center Island Contracting to decide which windows fit in your space. Lighting options include recessed, track and task lighting.

Insulated Walls

To prevent condensation and mold, save on energy and lower your electric bill each month, the walls in your finished basement should be insulated. Compared to non-insulated basement walls, insulated basement walls will keep the space drier and warmer.

Finished Floors

Flooring for your basement is critical because you have to choose a material that won’t attract mold and mildew. Mold loves damp spaces, so choose flooring that will protect against moisture like water-resistant ceramic tile, vinyl tile or laminate wood.

Our qualified professionals can assist you in your garage conversion or basement remodeling project. We are your local contractor for basement conversions in towns like Oyster Bay, Manhasset, Plainview, Jericho, etc.  Choose the best on Long Island with Center Island Contracting Inc. and email us or call (516) 481-4707.