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The Answer Is Right Below You: Expanding into the Livable Space in your Basement

Need more space in your home? The answer may be right below you. Basements often are the great underused space in many people’s homes. Too often, they are only used for laundry rooms, outdoor furniture storage, tools, and work saws. But basement spaces have the potential to be so much more. Increasingly, people are reclaiming this underutilized space into luxurious home theaters, lively game rooms, comfortable spare bedrooms, functional office spaces, playful rec rooms, private bars and more. These transformed basements create livable spaces that not only increase your home’s square footage, but also its property value. According to Remodeling magazine’s 2017 Cost vs. Value report, you can receive up to 70% payback of your basement remodeling investment, making it one of wisest remodels as far as property value is concerned.


One of the most important steps to consider in basement remodeling is ensuring a dry basement. The investment of proper waterproofing will help protect your home, your belongings and your investment. Musty and moldy basements can be avoided with proper design and proper dehumidifiers.
One method to dewater a home is excavating the exterior space around the structure and waterproofing the outside walls. Depending on the structures’ design and environment, an additional or alternative step to waterproofing the outside walls is installing an interior basement dewatering system with a sump pump. Basement dewatering systems often include an interior baseboard drainage system that is fitted around the perimeter of the basement walls. This creates a drainage system that will move the water to a sump pump and release it on a downhill slope away from the home. Controlling groundwater can also be achieved by constructing cut-off walls.

The process of waterproofing a basement is complicated and each structure has its own set of challenges. Let Kelley Construction Contractors help you! We have years of experience waterproofing and remodeling homes and businesses. We are licensed, insured, and bonded to do residential and commercial projects. With three locations in Central Illinois, we are here to help you when you need us most. Call us at: Pekin: 309-346-6604; Peoria: 309-676-1709; Bloomington: 309-452-0900; or reach us online with any questions.