As the father of an autistic child, I have been faced with more than a few necessary home modifications projects. Unfortunately, with the high cost of raising a special needs child and my wife's decision to stay home and raise our son, there simply was no room in our budget to hire a contractor to complete these projects for us. Each weekend for nearly a year, I would pick a project to work on. This past month, I finally finished every project on my list. After learning more than I thought I would ever know about home construction and repair, I have a new found appreciation for the skills of general and specialty contractors. That is why I decided to start this blog to pay tribute to the job these contractors do, and help to empower more homeowners to take on the role of a contractor in their home.
If you live in a college town or if you have a child or relative who will be going to college in your town, you can make a little extra cash and help out a college student by creating a basement apartment. If you plan to do the work yourself or with little help, there will be some materials that you will need to make the DIY job easier. Here are some materials necessary prior to starting the job.
In order to make the change from a connected basement comfortable for the family above and the tenant below, go with good soundproofing for the basement. For a college student, they may appreciate sound proofing in the event that they decide to have a few friends over often, or if they keep odd hours due to their work schedule. Noise absorption sheets are fairly thin and can be purchased from home improvement stores. You can install these yourself due to how easy noise absorption sheets are to handle.
Insulation will help to keep the bills down, which is something every college student needs. If the basement is not on a separate utility meter and you will be charging your tenant a flat fee, you want to make sure that you protect your utility bills, as well. Spray insulation will be much easier to manage than setting up insulation sheets or solid foam on your own. Be sure to invest in professional spray insulation equipment from places like Midwest Custom Coatings so that the job can be done in a professional manner.
Heavier entrance doors
It is always prudent to change out the door of an abode that someone will be living in. Be sure that the door is heavy and has proper locking mechanisms for safety. You also need to make sure that the doors for entry from the exterior into the basement and from the basement into the main house are up to your city's fire codes. Purchase new doors and install them into the wall appropriately so that your tenant is safe and your property is guarded.
Floods are more likely in a basement since they will sit lower than street level. Many basements also hold things such as the hot water heater, making them susceptible to flooding due to accidents. College students may also not have the time to dedicate to cleaning or watching certain types of flooring for damage. For this reason, tile is one of the best flooring types to put in a basement. Over the concrete, make sure you lay hard floor tiles that are easy to sweep and mop up.Share
11 July 2016