Unlike the bedroom, kitchen, and bathroom, the basement is a flexible space with endless uses depending on the homeowner’s tastes.
A stressful renovation process due to mold, mildew, water damage, and insulation issues, the basement is a forgotten area where plenty have tried and failed.
To tackle this renovation successfully, the finished space must be a blank canvas for current and future homeowners to use and change at will.
Devise a plan for the basement that fits the homeowner’s needs while being ‘for sale’ ready for home selling. Purposes meeting the qualifications are a game room, kids’ playroom, home gym, den, and home office.
Homeowners choosing a permanent renovation must ensure future buyers like the renovation as much as you do.
A bedroom or a laundry room is acceptable permanent spaces while a home entertainment center or wine cellar is an acquired taste.
For rooms with something in the center of it (i.e., column beam, bookshelf, or fireplace), use the space as a divider for two separate rooms in one space.
In terms of design, the basement is separate from the house design for no apparent reason. There’s no reason for this. Extend the decorating methods used throughout the home to the basement to create unity and flow.
Besides, the basement is part of the house, and the home design proves the basement belongs. A good idea is extending the home flooring material to the basement.
Specifically, add an expensive, durable, and warm carpet to remedy the basement’s cold floors.
Finished basements are not officially a room unless there’s storage space, and the basement is no different. Recessed, open, and/or built-in shelves, cabinets, and storage areas offer space for basement belongings without clutter or overcrowding.
Homeowners should leave room in the basement for portable storage options such as multipurpose furniture, storage bins, chests, and sideboards. Just don’t make storage installation too expensive because ROI won’t return in full.
The stairs are a basement staple, so besides making it durable and sturdy, the stairs should be a part of the basement. Two ideas are to make the stairs open and turn it into a room divider.
An open stairway effortlessly connects the basement to the house visually thanks to the open space between the stairs. Additionally, the open space allows more light in the basement too.
Meanwhile, if the stairs are in the center, divide the area into two rooms and let the stairs act as a divider.
Eliminate the ‘dark basement’ stereotype by incorporating indoor lights in the area. Lights on the ceiling, near the floors, inside shelves, in the corner, and around the stairs blanket every inch with light.
Mix primary lights with accent lights, lamps, task lights, and track lights for a layered and natural feel. Complete the space with an egress window.
Finishing the Basement
A basement renovation adds one more useful, yet adaptable area to a great space. However, DIY basement renovation from once-energetic homeowners gets bored, frustrated, or angry.
Therefore, a basement renovation is a task best handled by experienced and trained professionals.