Basement Ideas

It is terrific to have plans for renovating space, especially in the basement

Basement Ideas

It is terrific to have plans for renovating space, especially in the basement.  It can mean increasing living space, become a rentable area, or a play or craft area for the children.  Before you go too far, speak to friends and relatives who have embarked on the project themselves.  Find out what worked for them and what didn’t.  Establish a budget.  When you start talking the construction companies, you will find out whether or not your estimate is realistic for the amount of change you want.  A reputable company will be able to offer suggestions and help you achieve your goals.

Plan:

Budget

Carefully review your finances and decide how much you can afford to spend toward the space.  You may want to delay your plans for a bit in order to save some more money rather than applying for a loan. 

Space

A construction expert will be able to assess the amount of usable space and estimate the cost of materials and labor. 

Needs

From a realistic standpoint, how much will you be able to complete on your own and what will you need to hire done.  If you don’t particularly have construction experience, skills, or tools, it would be much better to use a construction company. 

Basement Designs

Bar – A very popular addition to a basement is a bar area.

Television – This is good for adults or children. 

Library – The basement could be a good study area.  Anyone in the family who is taking an extra class, or children in school, will enjoy a quiet space to concentrate.  You could also use it as a getaway to enjoy your favorite magazines or novel.

Decor

Stained Floor – If you want to go a bit beyond a standard concrete floor but don’t want to invest in carpeting, consider staining the concrete.

Lighting – Enough lighting is important in the basement where there is little or no natural light available.  Choose bulbs with a color temperature that will be close to natural sunlight or LEDs that are economical and long lasting.  The lighting can set the mood for the room.

These are only a few ideas that you can explore when you start thinking of renovating your basement area.  Check with our decorators on staff and you can probably come up with more ideas that would suit your needs.  We are here to help you make the decisions that will turn your home into a cosy nook.