My parents have been talking about finishing their basement for a few years now.
Currently, it’s an unfinished, cement block that houses all their knick knacks.
For several months, I watched them make blueprints on the back of napkins, trying to find the best layout for the space. When they finally decided on the perfect design, it included one main living space, two small bedrooms and a half-bath. They picked out all the features from paint colors to flooring and were about to begin construction when I asked them something that made them halt construction. I asked them how they were planning on heating and cooling the space. The basement was underground, so cooling the basement wasn’t a huge concern. However, heating the space was a different issue. My parents had contemplated adding extra air vents and extending the ductwork from their central HVAC system, but I didn’t know how practical that would be. Their furnace would never be able to warm the main part of their house along with the basement. Instead, I recommended that they install a few ductless mini systems. They could install them in each room whenever they needed it. This meant if they only needed heat in the main living area, then they could turn on the ductless mini system for that room. If they wanted heat in the living room along with the bedroom, they could turn both ductless mini systems on. It was the most efficient and practical way to heat their basement.