With so many home renovation television shows airing on home improvement networks, it’s clear that making something fresh and functional is all the rage. Turning a basement from dark and dull to ooh-la-la is part of this popular trend in home design.
And the good news is—you don’t have to be a DIY genius or have your home featured on the latest episode of a TV show to be able to finally finish or remodel your basement. If you’ve been wanting to add additional family space, we have some fun ideas to get you started.
Consider These 3 Things Before Starting
When a home improvement television competition is on the line, designers and real estate experts know that doing something special with the basement can earn them big points with the judges.
But what are the judges looking for when viewing these inspired builds? Creative design, smart use of space, and return on investment (ROI) are three of the top criteria for any successful basement remodel.
A well-designed, functional basement has the potential to bring a 70% ROI to homeowners. Consider the immediate enjoyment of creating a more appealing basement plus such a large financial return in the long run, and the decision to remodel your basement is an easy one to make.
Choose One Idea or Blend Some for a Flex Space
There are so many design options, you’re sure to find something that fits your needs. Start by determining your budget. Then make a list of what you want and prioritize based on must-haves.
Maybe the basement becomes a second living room for your family, less formal than the one upstairs. Or perhaps it’s a playroom for the littles, where you don’t have to worry about putting everything back in its place because guests won’t see it.
Here are just a few ideas homeowners have for their basement space:
- Guest room
- In-law suite
- Office/gym combo
You can’t do everything in one home, so you’ll have to decide what’s right for you. No matter what, the space should feel cozy and comfortable.
Want to Entertain? Let’s Go!
While there are many different uses for a basement, if you know you want to focus on entertainment, we’ve got ideas to tickle your fancy.
Just be sure to put the big-screen TV on a large wall, not next to a window or door. And it’s helpful to have at least a half bath for guests to use throughout their visit.
Lights! Camera! Action!
A media room or home theater is a good option because many basements have low ceilings. While theater seating can be expensive, you can add a platform to raise second row seating at a relatively low cost.
To enjoy a blockbuster film, watch the big game, or be the best gamer in town, a media room needs good acoustics, so talk to an audio/video retailer or sound expert about placement before solidifying your layout and design ideas. Paying to reduce noise can be expensive, but you will be grateful in the long run.
Adulting Can Be Fun
Forget 1970s carpet and dated neon signs—you can design a modern space with the ambiance of an upscale hotel’s gathering place for Bunco or game nights. Imagine a small bar, a cool place to eat, and a comfortable sitting area to kick back and relax.
Building a second kitchen in your basement for convenience can be a sizable investment, even without all the standard kitchen appliances. To save money by building a scaled-back bar for game nights, install a bank of horizontal cabinets with plenty of counters and add a fridge. Use open shelves and floor-to-ceiling tile to enlarge the space and preserve functionality.
Make Memories to Last a Lifetime
Basements-turned-rec rooms are usually stocked with an assortment of game night fun. Think foosball, table tennis, billiards, and pinball or other arcade machines. Your friends and family will never want to leave.
Measure enough room to throw darts, keep a table (and comfy chairs) big enough for a multi-player board game, and offer a cozy couch area for games like charades. Built-in storage is always nice for putting the games away when playtime’s over.
Ideas Might Be Endless, but Your Bank Account Isn’t
Ultimately, it’s all about getting what you want with the money you have, so go over your budget before you start and make decisions that will get you the most bang for your buck—even if it’s as simple as choosing textured wallpaper because it adds dimension without cutting into square footage.
Hiring a general contractor who obtains permits and ensures you meet codes will also save you money and help you achieve your desired result.
More Tips to Save You Money
Before layout and build, get blueprints of your current home, know where wires and pipes are, and check with relevant organizations that have a say in what you can and cannot do.
Whatever you do with your basement, create a useful space that meets your needs. Unless it’s a theater, make it light and bright. If it’s airy, it feels bigger. Often, one large flex space is better than several little rooms.
A Major Upgrade Doesn’t Have to Be a Major Hassle
A basement remodel adds value to your home—a quality of life you can enjoy right away and a financial return you can reap in the future. This type of large-scale renovation instantly upgrades your home’s beauty and functionality. When you’re ready to transform your basement, VL Builders is here to give your home the basement remodel you want with a professional team you can trust.