You may think your basement is just a space to store stuff and not much more, but the truth is there are many ways to make your basement a more central part of your home. There are tons of reasons why basements should be part of your remodeling priority list: They add value to your home, provide more space for family, give you an escape from the hustle and bustle of the main level(s), and allow you to enjoy all four seasons with ease.
Consider What You Are Missing
There are actually endless possibilities for what a basement could become. If you’re not sure what it might be missing, make a list of what your teen would like to have in their own room. A place for guests to stay? A playroom? Or maybe a game room or work space? It’s a blank slate so make it whatever you want!
A home office can be a great space to get some work done in. It can be a dedicated room, or just a corner of your basement. If you’re working from the couch or the kitchen table, it’s definitely time to think about creating a dedicated space for just work — preferably one that will serve as a refuge from the noise of other activities throughout the house. Your home office is a place to be yourself, so use it as an opportunity to express your own brand. If you need bright colors, go for it. If you want a minimal and modern space, treat yourself. If you like to create an area that is truly unique for your working style, then do that too. Your home office is all about supporting your inner creativity.
The home gym is a great way to create a space in your home for exercising and get in shape. Whether you love cardio or weight training, it can be easy to develop a routine when you have everything you need set up in the same place. You’ll be able to exercise at any time of the day without having to drive to the gym, and you’ll spend less money on classes or personal trainers. Your basement is just waiting to be your very own home gym. All you need is a bit of design time and it will be transformed into an optimal space for your equipment, complete with flooring that’s engineered specifically for home gyms, so you don’t have to worry about ruining your hardwood floors.
If you have a large basement and want to turn it into something that is multi-purpose, you can choose from several different options. You could make one area the kids’ play zone so that you can keep their toys in one spot for easier cleanup, or you could create two spaces: the kids’ play zone and a separate TV room to watch sports or movies. Or, if your basement has multiple rooms, consider creating one space for formal dining by adding couches and chairs as well as a coffee table.
Remember, whether you need help renovating your basement or just don’t have time to take care of it, you can always contact the general contractor. Professionals know how to build a strong foundation for your project and can help plan out the best use of space in your basement.