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Getting Ready To Finish Your Basement in Michigan

An unfinished basement is like an empty palette: ready to be filled with what's stored in your imagination. But, like a good painting, the best finished basements come with a little planning and preparation beforehand.

At Foundation Systems of Michigan, we have the training and professional experience you're looking for! We'll walk you through each step of finishing your basement, beginning with a fully customized basement finishing quote! To schedule an appointment, contact us by phone or e-mail today!

Five Steps To Take Before Finishing The Basement

Creating a dry, humidity free space -- and finishing it with long-lasting, quality materials -- is the key to finishing a basement properly. A little planning and preparation beforehand can potentially save you a bundle of money (and a big headache) several years down the road.

At Foundation Systems of Michigan, we recommend taking these five steps before any work begins:

A flooded basement showing groundwater intrusion in Ann Arbor

Address All Sources Of Standing Water

While our products are made to withstand mold, moisture, and humidity, the furniture and other items in your finished basement may not fare as well in a flood.

If your basement is flooding, a great first step to protect from this potential disaster is to clean your gutters, regrade the soil outside, and install a waterproofing system in your basement. A full perimeter drainage system, sump pump, and battery backup can help you rest easy.

An ENERGY STAR® Rated basement dehumidifier installed in a home in Saginaw

MoistureLocâ„¢ is a Dehumidification System

MoistureLocâ„¢ is a dehumidification system that can fit in your crawl space or basement and keep the air dry and free of any moisture. There are three models to choose from, all with the added benefit of healthier air. The MoistureLocâ„¢ dehumidifiers automatically remove the right amount of moisture from your crawl space or basement.


  • Improved health
  • Eliminate odors
  • Protect your home
  • Improve efficiency


  • Smaller - Smaller than traditional units & easier to install.
  • Quieter - Among the quietest in the market, installed away from your living space.
  • Smarter - Fully automated without the hassle of emptying water trays.
  • Energy-efficient technology - Digital controls for easy operation.

MODEL 1850:

  • Ducted for built-in installation
  • Use in finished spaces

MODEL 1850F:

  • Freestanding unit
  • Use in any room or basement


  • Freestanding unit designed especially for crawlspace installation
  • Includes remote sensor

An unfinished basement filled with clutter in Warren.

Consider How Much Space You'd Like

Most homeowners will not plan on finishing the entire basement. Instead, a portion of the basement will usually be set aside as a utility area, where your water heater, furnace, and other utilities will be located.

Many homeowners will also designate an additional section of their basement to serve as a laundry room and/or storage area.

If you'd like to upgrade the appearance of these spaces without actually finishing them, we have products that can do that for you too -- such as our insulated Vapor Loc Elite Wall Insulation System. Our waterproof basement flooring is also a great option for laundry rooms and storage areas.

A cleaned out basement in Sterling Heights, shown before remodeling has begun

Plan Your Rooms Around Obstacles

Basements are unique spaces that provide remodelers with challenges that aren't found anywhere else.

When remodeling your basement, your experts will have to consider challenges such as limited ceiling height, staircase locations, and where your utilities are placed in the basement.

Windows are also a unique challenge for remodelers -- as you won't want a wall built in a way that it intersects with a window location.

In the case of basement bedrooms, these windows may need to be developed for egress access (an emergency exit) to meet local and state building codes.

A beautiful finished basement room in Jackson

Choose The Best Finishing Materials

At Foundation Systems of Michigan, we've seen countless basements that were finished with materials that were inappropriate for the environment provided there.

Cold tile underfoot, insufficient lighting that makes the basement feel more like a finished dungeon, and drywall that's ruined by humidity from the walls can all ruin the joy of a finished basement.

Ultimately, the results are always the same: the homeowner wants the space renovated.

Basement remodeling is a job that's best when you only have to do it once. That's why we specialize in quality, warrantied products that are designed specifically for the job. You can count on us for a warm, bright, and comfortable finished space!

We Can Transform Your Basement Into Finished Space!

We want to help you maximize the value, comfort, and enjoyment of your home by upgrading your basement into an exciting new living area! 

A typical basement remodeling can be done quickly in your home -- with our in-house installation crews typically completing all work in less than 10 day's time. You'll love how quickly our professionals can bring your vision to life!

It costs you nothing to meet with a specialist for a basement finishing quote! To schedule your appointment, contact us by phone or e-mail today!

We proudly serve Ann Arbor, Saginaw, Traverse City, Midland, nearby Flint, Waterford, Bloomfield Hills, Taylor, Petoskey, Troy, Sterling Heights, Clio, Gaylord, Madison Heights, Midland, Lexington, Mt. Pleasant, Adrian and many other parts of Michigan.

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We have 2 locations to better serve Michigan: Livonia & Traverse City

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Our Locations:

Foundation Systems of Michigan
32985 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, MI 48150

Foundation Systems of Michigan
3805 Elmers Industrial Dr
Traverse City, MI 49685