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Basement Remodeling

Have big dreams for your basement? Here's what you need to know to turn your basement ideas into a successful remodel

Overview
Why Remodel
Armstrong vs. Drywall
Common Issues
Tools

Remodeling a basement is a big job. In this guide, learn how to plan your remodel, prep your basement, and design a comfortable space you and your family will love.

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Besides more living space, discover the other benefits of finishing your basement.

Add Value to Your Home

Add Value to Your Home

Of all home renovations, kitchen and basement remodels offer the best financial return, but there’s a caveat with basements: the quality of the new space must match the rest of the house.

If the refinished basement looks like another level of the home, then it will be included when the property is reassessed for selling. That means a higher asking price.

   
Less Expensive than an Addition

Less Expensive Than an Addition

Finishing a basement is typically less expensive than building an addition or moving into a larger house. The total cost for a basement project can vary widely – it all depends on the scope of your project and whether you can do some (or all) of the work yourself versus hiring a contractor.

   
Fix Existing Basement Problems

Fix Existing Basement Problems

This is a great opportunity to take care of basement issues that you’ve been putting off, like waterproofing and repairing moisture damage.

You can also use this remodel to ensure your basement is protected from future problems by choosing products that resist mold, mildew, sagging, and fire.*

* Make sure the fire classification designated for your product meets your project’s fire code requirements.

Armstrong decorative ceilings offer many benefits over drywall ceilings for the basement.

Advantages of Decorative Ceilings

ADVANTAGES OF AN ARMSTRONG CEILING

  • Ceiling styles to match any décor
  • Accessibility to pipes, duct work, and wiring
  • Easier and cleaner installation
  • Less expensive to install
  • Can provide acoustical benefits – sound reduction or blocking
  • Mold and mildew resistant on the treated surface
  • Easier to move light fixtures
  • Contains recycled content
  • Sag resistant
  • Easy to change visuals
  • Easy to repair and replace damaged or stained tiles
   
Disadvantages of Drywall

DISADVANTAGES OF DRYWALL

  • Heavy and bulky
  • Requires at least 2 people to move and lift into place
  • Most drywall is not mold, mildew, or bacteria resistant
  • Does not help to reduce or control sound levels within a basement
  • Does not allow access above the ceiling
  • Costly and difficult to fix damaged drywall

A basement isn’t just another room in your home. It’s a special space with unique considerations.

Moisture is a basement consideration

Moisture

Moisture is a common problem in most basements. Due to poor ventilation, basements are often cool and damp. Add to that, concrete flooring and cinder block walls are porous, which means they absorb moisture, creating the perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow.

When remodeling your basement, make sure to choose products specifically designed to resist these biological pollutants.

Armstrong makes basement ceiling products with BioBlock®, a treatment that inhibits the spread of mold and mildew.

   
Sagging Ceiling

Sagging Ceilings

Excessive moisture in the basement may cause ceiling panels and tiles to sag. Many Armstrong mineral fiber ceilings contain HumiGuard™ Plus, a special back coating, which provides sag resistance.

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Ceiling Access

Ceiling Access

The basement ceiling is typically where you’ll find the water pipes, electric wiring, and ductwork for your home. When finishing your basement, keep in mind that you may need access to these systems at some point.

Drywall is expensive to tear out and replace. A drop ceiling is the better solution since it hides your home’s systems and provides easy access when needed. Drop ceiling panels are also easy to remove and can even be individually replaced if one is damaged.

Basement Myths

   
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Structural Features

You can’t change the size of your basement or its structural features, like support beams, low ceilings, or the position of the stairs. So – design around them.

View our Before and After Photo Images to see how other homeowners have overcome these design challenges to create beautiful living spaces.

Use these helpful tools to visualize your new basement space and get estimates for the amount of materials you’ll need.

Photo Gallery

PHOTO GALLERY

Ready to jump into your basement remodel? First you need to decide how you’re going to use the space. Here are a few popular options.

  • Home Theater
  • Game Room
  • Man Cave
  • Home Office
  • Bedroom Suite
  • Kids’ Play Area
  • Home Gym

Explore the possibilities in our photo gallery.

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Before & After Photos

BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS

Basements have special features that have to be considered when remodeling, like support beams in the center of the room, open stairs or a visible HVAC unit.

Browse our Before and After basement photos to see how other homeowners have incorporated these types of features into their remodel and taken their basement from drab to fab!

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Design Video Library

DESIGN VIDEO LIBRARY

Browse the Design Video Library to find videos that demonstrate how decorative ceilings and walls can add style to a new basement space.

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Material Estimators

MATERIAL ESTIMATORS

Armstrong offers easy-to-use estimating tools to help you calculate the amount of materials you’ll need for your basement remodel.

  • Ceiling Material Estimator: estimates the amount of materials for a new ceiling
  • Easy Up® Guaranteed Installation Estimating Guide: helpful for estimating the installation materials needed to install planks or tiles using the Easy Up system
  • QuikStix™ Estimators: estimate the amount of materials needed to install ceilings, walls, or soffits using Armstrong’s QuikStix Drywall Framing System
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