Need some extra space in your home?
Looking for some extra space in your home? Maybe somewhere for you to have time to yourself, indulge in a hobby, or catch-up with friends.
Do you have a basement? Perhaps it's dark, uninviting, cold, and packed with junk.
Even if the basement is at the bottom of your home, it shouldn’t be forgotten when it comes to remodeling. Often, you may convert it into a functional space rather than just storing things in it. You can have a new room, a play space, or a workshop that you always dreamed of. To give you some inspiration, here you will find some basement remodeling ideas to try this year. All you will have left to do is to find the right time to start your remodeling project.
Renovating your Basement
Safety first. Before getting started, you should review the space capacity and safety of your basement. First, make sure that it is well isolated and floodproof.
Then check that the sockets, outlets, and switches are operational. If needed, you can install more, but only if you are sure of what you are doing. If not, it is best to consult with a professional. Also, before beginning to work on the walls, take all the necessary precautions. Examine the house plans for any electrical circuits that may run through the walls. You wouldn’t want to run into them when drilling a hole to hang some shelves or artwork. Do not hurt yourself while renovating or building your home. Safety tips.
Finally, measure the basement to see what you can fit in that space. This way, you can avoid buying too large furniture, for instance.
Ideas to Transform Your Basement
Make your basement into a playing room
If your kids’ room is too small, this could be a fantastic solution to give them more space. They will enjoy having a space to call their own where they can be creative. You can find some furniture that will fit their needs and can have multiple purposes. For example, a work desk that can be used for studying as well as for arts and crafts, or wooden cubes that can be used as chairs and have storage spaces. Also, you can add some nice touches that will keep kids occupied. A hammock or a swing, climbing ropes, and even a chalk-friendly wall. The basement will become your kids’ favorite room in the house. And the best part is that you can make the remodeling a family project. Involve your kids in the process, and you can have loads of fun organizing the room together.
Create a spare guest room
Most of us enjoy having friends and family in the house for holidays or just for a fun game night. However, not all of us have enough space or rooms in our homes to accommodate overnight guests. Here is where having a basement can come in handy. It can become a spare bedroom where your guests can stay over whenever you or they want. If you have enough space, you can make it as comfortable as possible. Add a small bathroom, a kitchen, and a dining area, and your guests will feel right at home. Also, the attic can look great too if you remodel it as a guest spare room. The attic can be just as flexible as the basement, and with two cozy new rooms, you can have loved ones stay over all the time.
Have your own home theatre
If you ever dreamed of watching movies on a big screen from the comfort of your home, now you have the chance. Making a home theatre is one of the best basement remodeling ideas to try this year. First, you will need some building materials to soundproof the basement. That way, you can have the best audio experience and not bother the neighbors. Then, you can cover the windows to create the perfect pitch-black cinema room. Of course, you should place some light sources to see the room when you aren’t watching your favorite movie. Finally, you can clear a big enough wall and install a projector. Bring some comfortable chairs or sofas, a fridge with drinks, and a popcorn machine, and your home theatre is ready. Just make sure to have a movie-watching schedule prepared. Otherwise, you will end up spending hours and hours in your new basement cinema.
Work from your basement office
Because of the current pandemic situation, more and more people started working from home. The problem is, not many of us have a spare room to create a home office. Most of us need to clear out a small corner where we need to stuff too many things. Well, that corner can become a much bigger space if you have a basement. Most likely, you will need to repaint the walls, so choose a color that will brighten the room. Especially if you don’t have windows in your basement or they are too small. Also, if you don’t have enough natural light coming in, choose lights that won’t bother or fatigue your eyes. After all, you might be spending half of your day in that room, so you need good lighting. At last, bring in your desk and laptop, and start enjoying your new office. And, don’t forget your coffee!
Use your basement to make more room in the house
Some other basement remodeling ideas to try this year can help you gain more space in the house. Creating a laundry room, for example, will give you more space in the bathroom. Or the kitchen, depending on where you have your washing machine installed. Also, you can use the basement to make a home gym. You can store all of your equipment in there and no longer have to worry about stumbling over dumbbells while going around the house. A hobby-designated room is also a great idea. Set up your workbench in the basement to clear some space in the house. Or, move your drum kit there to practice your hobby without the whole neighborhood knowing. As you can see, having a basement is like having a multipurpose room. You can remodel it each time your home has a specific need but not enough space.
Adding Value to Your Home
Your basement doesn’t need to be a room full of cobwebs that looks more like a dungeon. Or kept just for depositing stuff that you will never use again. It can become just as cozy and homey as any other room in your house. You just need to use your imagination or get inspired by some of our basement remodeling ideas to try this year.
Patricia Mitchell is a home décor enthusiast who works as a writer and content creator. Her articles cover a wide range of topics, but she specializes in moving services. She is currently working for Allstate Moving and Storage, writing helpful articles about the moving process.
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