Use Your Basement for More than Just Storage

November 28th, 2012

Your basement doesn’t have to be just a dark dungeon where you store your Christmas decorations. Finishing your basement can actually give you more benefits than you may think. Not only can you add more living space and increase the market value of your home, it can also increase your home’s energy efficiency! Obstacles like low ceilings, disguising water heaters and insufficient lighting are all issues that can be dealt with when you use a basement finishing system. The Total Basement Finishing (TBF) System offers a complete basement remodeling package that can work with any design plan.


Selecting the right flooring in your basement can be an extremely daunting task. Most unfinished basements have a concrete basement floor. While it is extremely durable, it’s also very porous and unattractive. Your floor may not feel wet when you touch it, but water vapor can still work its way through. If you just lay down carpeting or wood flooring, you can actually trap the moisture underneath, leaving your flooring susceptible to mold and mildew. The TBF system has a variety of waterproof flooring options to suit your needs.


When it comes to finishing your basement walls, The TBF wall paneling is the way to go. Unlike wooden framing that may rot or metal framing that will rust and weaken the insulative quality over time, TBF walls are made of high-density foam insulation. This system gives you a stylish look that can hold as much as 300 pounds. The TBF wall paneling is an attractive off-white and beige combination with a subtle texture that will complement any décor.


TBF recommends drop or suspended ceilings in a finished basement for several reasons. Installing this type of ceiling in your finished basement can also add several improvements to the rest of your home like how warm or cold the floor above your basement feels and how much noise travels to the rest of the home. A drop or suspended ceiling also allows easy access to ducts, electrical cords and cables. The TBF ceiling tiles are made from inorganic mineral fiber composition instead of wood fibers. These ceiling tiles are water resistant and come backed with a 30-year transferable warranty against mold and mildew.

Finishing Touches

With a wide variety of lighting options, you can create the perfect ambiance in your new finished basement. You can also opt to include crown molding where the walls and ceiling meet as well as a decorative baseboard molding. Basement beams can be attractively covered in a detailed custom column wrap with crown molding and base included! Adding a staircase similar to those you would find in the main area of your home and French doors give your new space a more inviting feeling.

A correctly finished basement provides added living space and value to your home as well as energy savings, with a healthier home environment overall. Take that unused space and create the room (or rooms) of your dreams. With the TBF system you can have the ultimate “man cave”, home office or theater room in no time. If you need some extra cash in today’s economy, turn that lower level into a basement apartment that you can rent out.

The possibilities are truly limitless! Contact the team at Fitch Total Basement Finishing and let us work with you on creating the space of your dreams. Our highly trained and qualified experts will provide you with a free, detailed basement remodeling estimate and inspection. Fitch Total Basement Finishing can also provide you with financing options as well as design options.

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