Constructing anything might not be cheap, but it can be a valuable addition whether you are planning on building a new house or are confused about adding a basement to an existing one. There are certain things that you ought to keep in mind.
The basic need depending on the size construction costs of the basement is nearly 30-40 % higher than that of constructing the ground floor. Secondly, from a structural point of view digging the basement under the existing house can affect its structural integrity especially if it’s a relatively old house.
At the same time having a basement comes with its own advantages as well. For instance, having a basement gives an extra floor that can be extremely useful. A basement also helps cut down heating and cooling costs that are otherwise spent on maintaining the first and second floors.
You can also utilize it as an emergency shelter, and storage space which is an unsaid benefit. Here are some things that you need to consider while constructing the house basement:
1. Height Of Basement
Whether you are planning on digging a basement under the existing house or in a new one. The height of the basement is more than that of the ground floor to allow extra space for windows. In most cases, digging is done to a depth of 20 feet to construct the basement, alongside basements are also a bit elevated than the ground level which automatically lifts the house’s ground floor.
2. The Seepage Issue
The selection of bricks, sand and soil supplies is very important to make sure that your basement does not face any seepage issues. Kitchi bricks often lead to seepage because they absorb the water that is used while laying lintel.
Also, houses constructed on land earlier used for agricultural purposes might cause seepage issues. Therefore, accurate ventilation arrangements need to be made in order to keep the moisture away. Installing ducts to speed up the ventilation system also helps in making the basement needed.
3. Emergency Escape Routes
While windows are important for ventilation, they are also a very important part of escape routes in case of any emergencies. Basements should always have a window opening that is big enough and can be used for a person to escape incises of fire or natural disasters.
4. Leak-Resistant Walls
Using correct sand and soil supplies for home’s durability is always the priority. The basement walls must not allow water to infiltrate which later can cause mould and rot. While mild can cause several health issues, rot can degrade the integrity of the home. Moreover, preventing moisture always reduces a homeowner’s long-term maintenance and repair expenses.
5. Energy Efficiency
When one builds a basement, builders should select products like ICF walls that help in keeping spec comfortable in both winters and summits. The basement walls exceed energy code requirements by reducing energy use by 20-25% as compared to regular basement wall options like poured concrete.
These are a few tips that might help you in creating the best basement which would solve all your problems. Basements are a very important part of anyone’s house with several benefits.