If you are going to have a new home built for yourself, you need to start with the basement construction. The basement is the foundation of the entire home, and it can really be the determining factor when it comes to how well the rest of your home is pieced together. It is because of this that you will want to take a few moments to review the following tips.
Go For More Height
If at all possible, you will want to make sure that you are going to have as much height in your basement as possible, even if you do not suspect that you will be spending a lot of time down there. You just never know if you will decide to finish the basement so it can be turned into more living space for your family. You also want enough room to store various things and have plenty of room to make repairs as needed. Remember, once things such as ductwork are added in the basement, just below the first floor, you lose some headroom. Try for basement walls that are at least seven feet high or go even higher if possible. Sure, the more height you give your basement, the more the construction cost will be, but you should find that it will pay off in the end.
Add Extra Window Wells Now
You want to have plenty of ventilation in your basement in order to cut down on mold problems. This is why window wells are so important, and it is better to have extra than to not have enough. Since you are already having the land excavated for the basement construction, the installation of the extra window wells should be minimal. However, if you decide to wait until later, you may find that their installation will be much more expensive because you have to hire someone to do some excavating again.
Consider Waterproofing Now
Too many people wait until there is a problem with water in their basement to think about waterproofing solutions. The best way to combat water issues is to waterproof the basement as it is built. Make sure that your contractor is using as many waterproofing products and supplies as possible. Such materials may cost a little more, but it is more affordable to install them from the beginning then to rip everything out and install them later when you have a wet basement.
With those points in mind, you should find that it is going to be a lot easier designing and having your basement built. The sooner you put those tips to good use, the sooner you will have the entire project done, and you will be in your new home.