If you purchased a new home and it has a basement, you may not know what to do with it. If you have children, you should consider using it as a playroom. This will give them a lot of space for their toys and a place to play, and help keep your home clean. Below are some tips on setting this up so you can determine if this would be right for you.
The first thing you should do is to ensure the basement is completely waterproofed. If it is not waterproofed, you will likely see some signs. For example, paint on the walls may flake or peel off because of built up condensation, or you may see water stains on the walls or ceiling. The basement may also have a musty smell. If you notice any of these things, take time to waterproof the basement before you do anything with it. There are different types of waterproofing methods you can choose from, including both interior and exterior.
You should consider installing carpeting if the basement is not already carpeted or if the current carpeting is in bad shape.
Choose a carpet padding that has anti-microbial properties in it. This will prevent mold and mildew getting on the carpet, because mold is very dangerous for your children. This is especially true because they will likely sit on the carpet a lot. You can use plush, twist, or loop style carpet in your basement.
You should consider purchasing carpet synthetic fibers, because this type of fiber is stain resistant, durable, and strong. Most carpets you purchase today will be synthetic, but make sure you talk with the carpet salesman about this. You should understand that synthetic fibers are known to fade in sunlight, but because this carpet is in a basement you should not have to worry about this.
Other Things to Consider
Ensure there is adequate insulation in the basement. This will help keep your children stay warm or cool while they are playing. The basement should also have an egress window so your children will have an emergency exit in case something happens and they have to get out of the home fast, such as a fire. Check the ceiling to ensure it is durable and completely sound.
Talk with a remodeling contractor, like one from Lehman Construction Services Inc, to help you get everything set up for your children's playroom. This will ensure everything is done correctly.