NEW HOLLAND, Pa., Feb. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- MS --These days every inch of space in the home counts. So, when considering building a new home, it makes sense to consider building both "up and down" to maximize your living space.
"Basements are like 'found space' in the home because they're so versatile that you can make a well-built basement an extension of your living areas," says Jim Costello, president of Superior Walls. "To maximize basement space, it's critical to construct the area below ground with a pre-cast insulated foundation system that's energy-efficient and damp-proof. This way the basement area is a welcoming, active part of the home rather than a 'dump all' storage area."
Having trouble imagining how to use your extra "found space" in the home? The experts at Superior Walls can help. Here's their own "Top 10 List of Dream Ways to Use a Basement" to add more valuable living space in the home:
- Home theatre with surround sound, popcorn machine and theatre seating
- Separate play room area for children and their friends
- Adult relaxation zone --- including pool table, wet bar, air hockey and comfy seating areas
- Sewing and craft room with walls of shelves for storing supplies and abundant overhead lighting
- Wine cellar and tasting area, complete with a bar area and sound system
- Woodworker shop area for serious woodworkers
- Home office for business … with lots of windows for natural sunlight and sliding glass doors leading onto a pool level for much-needed breaks
- Study room area with designated computer terminals for each child, abundant bookshelves and a small self-serve kitchen area
- Home spa with gym equipment, massage chairs and an extra bathroom
- De-clutter zone for laundry and storage
Installed in just one day on the job site, Xi wall panels are constructed with a concrete face shell, backed by 2-1/2-inches of DOW Styrofoam insulation. Steel reinforced concrete walls create a permanent barrier against sidewall water penetration, making the basement system damp-proof and energy efficient.
"These foundation systems are very popular with homeowners because you can create door and window openings in them to access natural light," says Costello. "By making the right decisions at the time of construction to use pre-cast insulated foundation systems, homeowners are making a long-term investment in their family's happiness and in the resale value of their house."
For more information visit www.superiorwalls.com.
SOURCE Superior Walls