Basement Finishing Tips

Finishing your basement is an exciting project that can add a whole new functional space to your home. That said, there are a number of special considerations you need to make for the project to be successful—even more than during a kitchen or bathroom remodel! The following is a list of some of the most important things to keep in mind when finishing your basement:


More than anything, you want your finished basement to function properly and safely, like any other area of the house. Therefore, one of the key things to consider is how your plumbing system functions! If your home’s main drain line is buried underground and is lower than your new basement, adding a bathroom or other plumbing systems shouldn’t be a problem.

If the main line is located higher than the basement, this could present some extra challenges. You will need to install a grinder and a pump to move water against gravity up to the level of the main line so it can drain away from your home safely.


Natural light is hard to come by underground, so if you have windows, use them! Even a small bit of light can be used to illuminate a wet bar or prep area during the day or shed light on specific architectural features or decorative elements.

In all likelihood you’ll be using more artificial light than sunlight in the basement, so you’ll want to make sure it conforms to adequate lighting design standards to provide the most comfortable atmosphere possible. Recessed lighting is popular in basements, but because ceilings are often lower than in upstairs areas it’s important to remember that they’ll need to be closer together to provide adequate coverage.

These days, energy-efficient lighting options like LEDs and CFLs can produce the same warmth and quality as incandescent bulbs, so don’t shy away from greener options because you think they’ll ruin the atmosphere!


Basement flooding is an extremely common problem in almost every home, so we can’t talk about finished basements without mentioning some tips to prevent water damage! The easiest thing to do is choose a flooring material that can handle getting wet—tile is a popular choice, for instance.

You should also think about installing a floor drain that moves water either directly into the storm drain or into the sump pit. Installing this type of system will add cost on the front end, but it will save you time, money, and headaches come the next major rain or snowstorm!

Ceilings and Ceiling Height

Basement ceilings are typically home to wiring, ductwork, and pipes, and the lengths to which you decide to go to conceal these elements will determine the type of ceiling you install as well as the ceiling height. You have two options here: build low ceilings to keep everything hidden, or build out a box to house everything but keep the rest of the ceiling higher. Typically, building a lower ceiling throughout will make the basement feel like it belongs upstairs.

Depending on what you want to use your basement for, you’ll also want to figure out the ideal ceiling height. Thinking about adding a workout area? Make sure the ceiling is high enough for you to lift things overhead, jump, run on a treadmill, etc.

These are just a few of the many things you’ll want to consider when finishing your basement. If you’re looking for a basement remodeling company in Rockville, MD, call R.V. Carey’s today!