The ABCs of Converting a Basement

Basements can be problematic, as these large spaces are ideal for creating new spaces, but often end up as dumping grounds. If selling your home isn’t an option but you want extra living space, you may want to convert your basement into an additional room.


With basements often unfinished, they can be a challenge to convert. Before turning it into another room, take note of these factors:


If you want to add a bathroom, this can be a problem. It shouldn’t be a concern if it runs underground and you put the new bathroom near it. If it runs aboveground, you may need a grinder and pump.


There are pipes, ducts, and wires to conceal in basements. This means dropping the ceiling height in certain areas.
To work around this, put the obstructions together in one area, and then create a space with a lower ceiling.

Natural Light

This is often minimal in basements. To get more light, install an egress window and window well. With these features, you may have a problem with leaking water. To avoid water problems or to waterproof a Long Island basement, install a drain at the bottom of the well.


Flooding is inevitable, so plan for it. If you don’t have a system for it, choose a flooring material that can get wet. Get a floor drain installed if you don’t have one. These are ideal solutions for Long Island basement waterproofing.

There are more factors to take into account when converting an underground space. To learn more, contact DIY or professional renovators, or contractors.