Basements are generally used for storage, instead of being used to their full potential. Building Resources Inc. can assist homeowners with converting the basement into something useful, like an in-law unit.
When designing an in-law unit, there are a few important things that need to be addressed. Some of these are:
Most of the time, basements have smaller windows that won’t conform to local building codes for basement bedrooms. Generally, they will need a safe, direct means of egress to the outside. If the basement is a walkout basement, egress can be provided by a door. If not, a standard basement window opening can be enlarged to install a larger egress-compliant window.
- Enclosed Interior Stairway
When creating a basement in-law unit, privacy and soundproofing should be an important focus. One way to help with this is to enclose the bottom of the basement’s interior stairway with a door. This way, those living in the unit can have privacy, and not hear everything happening upstairs.
- Temperature and Humidity Control
Basements aren’t the easiest to keep comfortable when it comes to heating and cooling. Installing electric baseboard units controlled by a thermostat can be an economical way to provide heat. The basement’s foundation walls should also be insulated to help retain the heat.
- Kitchen Area
To make the in-law unit more independent, it will need a small kitchen. This should include a refrigerator, stove, oven, sink area, and microwave. It doesn’t have to be big, but it does need all of the useful elements of a normal kitchen.
There could be some plumbing issues to deal with if there isn’t already a bathroom in the basement. If there already is a bathroom, changes are likely to be minimal. It will need a shower or tub if it doesn’t have one, and probably additional storage. If the space is going to be used for the in-laws to live in, installing grab bars and curb-less shower stalls during the renovation could prove very helpful later.
If building an in-law suite is a possibility, talk to Building Resources Inc. about creating an in-law unit in the basement. They will make sure homeowners can use the extra space a basement provides to its full potential.