Do you have a basement? Are you making use of it or is it just a dumping area? There are so many good basement ideas that are really underused, today the property market is in decline, houses are difficult to sell, often people just need a little more space in the home but to move can be so expensive.
So space is limited, you can’t afford to move, and right beneath your feet is that dark spider filled room nobody uses. You are not alone many people would rather move, build an extension or convert the loft or garage before they consider the basement. It is sad really because the basement could be anything that you want it to be, there really is no limit to its uses from playroom, games room, bathroom, home cinema, bedroom, bar, kitchen, office, workroom, the list is endless.
So why do you need to move, do you need more space for the teenagers or a home office, your basement could really solve this dilemma. First you need to clear and clean the entire space and see what you have to work with. If you are hands on type of people then this is a great project to start. One of the main problems depending on the area that you live; will be dampness, moisture even possible some flooding but all these can be resolved to create a great living space.
If there are any structural changes other than basic remodelling its always best advice to get a professional involved, never take any major decisions without having first taken advice or enlisting the aid of a professional builder or even architect. I personally had a photographic studio in a basement for many years in an area prone to damp and mild flooding, with the aid of professional advice and help, this was never a problem and the basement studio worked perfectly.
Another point to consider in your basement renovation will be the lighting as in the main there will be very little or no natural light in a basement so good lighting will be essential and perhaps different for different uses. One very popular way to light basements is to use spotlights recessed into the ceiling, this will give an even light without having any dark corners in the basement. It can be a little extra work as they need wiring throughout the ceiling but if you are creating a new ceiling as part of the project this will not be a problem. Another really great idea is to fit a few lights into the floorboards this can really look really modern and fantastic as well as being practical by lighting any dark places, a really great basement finishing touch.
Basement Colour Ideas
The colour of your basement is also important depending on what the use will be and obviously teenagers etc will usually love those dark colours, but for most purposes the best basement colour idea would be to use light warm shades that help make the room look bright, working in harmony with the lighting, creating a gentle warm feel, that you will enjoy being in and not some kind of austere windowless office space of the last few decades. Whilst on this colour and lighting subject, good use of mirrors on the walls or perhaps even some form of mirrored furniture could be included, mirrors are a great way to increase to light levels in any room and could work really well in your new basement room by reflecting the light back into the room.
Basement bar Ideas
So what is your new basement room going to be? Many men will think entertainment, games, cinema or bar. These are all great ideas, if you are social people; what could be better than inviting friends round and having a purpose built room to enjoy a game of pool, or convivial chat and a drink,or maybe relax on a sofa and watch a movie; all whilst not going out but staying at home without disturbing the children in bed or even the need to hire a babysitter?
Perhaps you are not that frivolous person, you are a serious studious person; it could be a reading room, study, library or home office, a haven away from the world enabling you to write that book, complete home study assignments, check tax accounts or create a new business from one of the new home business opportunities, having the chance to concentrate on the task in hand all safely tucked away from family interruptions but still on hand seconds away if needed for household problems or emergencies.
Basement Bathroom Ideas
Now if you are the lady of the house you will really have a different set of plans for the new basement room which will it become? What about that idea for an extra bathroom. Not a boring functional family bathroom, the luxurious one with spa facility and subdued lighting maybe even recessed candle alcoves, not forgetting those wall mirrors or mirrored furniture they could reflect the candles and their light and multiply the lighting effect making for a really relaxing, completely luxurious bathtime. The place to escape from the chores, kids and husband or wife for a short time, a little bit of you time that we all know you deserve, a tranquil place far enough away to relax but close enough to resolve a new dilemma in the household.
More Basement Ideas
This is a great opportunity so don’t waste it with a boring utility room that is really joyless, it’s a real chance to enhance family life one way or another but if it’s difficult to decide why not try to make it a dual purpose room? A bedroom and games room, a gym and cinema, an office and workroom, a bathroom and guest bedroom, a safe play and sleep over room, a hobby room and studio. I am sure that you can add to this list with your own thoughts, but as you can see this dark, insect filled hole in the ground could really be the room that changes family life for a long time, so why not start today, make a plan of how you will change your basement and really improve your house; get a budget together and don’t stop until you see that basement finishing line!
Please don’t waste this opportunity to enhance family life now, use and enjoy the basement renovation to the full. Then if and when in the future you finally want or need leave the property, you will have really enhanced the property value, this will surely be a feature that can easily add a lot of value to the property and a helpful selling point. It will make the house all the more saleable and attractive to buyers, after all you only have to start talking about all the good times, the usefulness, the benefits to the buyer of your basement, and your joy will start to be infectious the buyer will want to experience a home with this special basement, and when it comes down to choosing which property to buy yours will be a property head and shoulders in front of normal boring homes.This really would be an excellent use of your basement asset.