First, establish that your basement is free from moisture. Then you will need to ask yourself the following questions:
1) What activities will your finished basement be used for; recreation, office space, etc?
2) Will you be spending enough time in your new basement to allow for a bathroom to be located on the same level?
3) Would this be feasible in both your design and budget?
4) If your laundry facilities are located on the basement level, is there a more convenient and/or better location to move these facilities as to not interfere with the basement plan?
Once you have figured out the above questions you can proceed with your planning. Planning your basement remodeling project should revolve around what your planned usage is for the completed project.
Below are a few tips to consider when planning the remodeling of your basement:
Incorporate closets to enclose utilities such as natural gas and water meters. This will create storage space and provide a means of access if the components should need repair or replaced.
1) If possible, drywall the ceilings instead of the common drop-style ceilings. This provides a natural room appearance instead of a basement look.
2) Use trim and moldings that have been used throughout the rest of the house to further enhance the flow of the area to the main level of the house.
3) Locate plenty of electrical receptacles, telephone jacks, and any cable TV or satellite jacks in the needed areas of your design.
4) Make sure you are within earshot of your doorbell or incorporate one into your design.
5) Always make sure that you have smoke detectors and an alternate means of escape if your stairway would become blocked by fire.
6) Many homes have had glass block style windows installed. Make sure you have at least one window that is easily removable that can be used as a means of escape.
7) Locate an item of furniture under this window that can be used as a stepping stool to enhance the accessibility of escape.