Finished basements can add a multitude of usable space to your home for everyone in the family. If finishing your basement is something that you’ve been giving some thought to, but aren’t sure where to start, we’re here to help! An unfinished basement is a blank canvas. There are so many different ways to transform the space. You may feel overwhelmed when planning out your basement remodel. Try taking it back a step and determining which areas of your home feel tight and how could a finished basement alleviate some of that? In today’s blog, we’re reviewing some of the popular areas to consider when it comes time to finish your basement.
Working from home has gained popularity in recent years. With one of more members of a family working from home, many people are left wishing they had a dedicated home office. Typically homeowners create a makeshift office wherever they can. That may include a spare corner of their bedroom, living room, or basement. However, if that spare corner just isn’t enough it may be worth designing an area of your basement to be your dedicated home office. With more space you can have a proper desk, a printer and storage for all of your paperwork. Organization can help to boost productivity and lessen stress, so why not? This could also be designed to be a flexible space. It could serve as a home office by day and homework station in the evenings.
Storage and organization is something most of us crave. When everything has a dedicated home, we are more likely to stay organized. This is something you may want to factor into finishing your basement. Storage in basements can be created in a variety of different ways. Typically, people will utilize space under the stairs as well as an extra storage closet to maximize their organizational options. The space under the stairs is good for taller items, while the storage closets can be built out to include shelving for seasonal items and storage boxes.
Wet bars, or even kitchenettes, are a great addition to any basement remodel. As a part of your finished basement, it can help take the space that was once dark and dreary to an exciting place to entertain. A functional wet bar usually includes: a small sink, a beverage cooler, cabinetry and shelving. If there’s room, you may even be able to add a dishwasher. Just like that your basement becomes a great place to have friends and family over for holidays and parties.
We’ve covered a lot of options for the adults in the house, but what if you have young kids that want to enjoy the finished basement as well? Include a kids corner or playroom specifically for them! This area can have padded flooring for them to play on safely. Many people also consider adding some sort of cubbie storage area to the kids corner. This is an easy way to keep the space looking tidy when they’re done playing. The kids corner can be used for them to play with toys, play games, do arts and crafts and more. If your kids are artistic, maybe consider adding a chalkboard or dry erase wall to that section of the basement. As the children grow up, this area can easily be transitioned into a space for teens or adults by converting it to additional living space.
If part of the reason you’re contemplating finishing your basement is because you feel like you’re running out of living space upstairs, talk to your design build remodeler about your needs. How many people would you like to fit comfortably in the living area of the basement? Have you given thought to what kind of furniture you’re going to use there? How often will you use this space? Is it going to be for daily overflow or people from upstairs or primarily for large gatherings? While this is a lot to consider, all of this will dictate how much of your basement should be allocated to living space.
If you do plan to utilize your basement as extra entertaining space, it may be worth your while to explore adding a bathroom to the space. Many unfinished basements are already roughed in for the bathroom plumbing when they are built. The question now becomes, should that be a full bathroom or just a powder room? This is completely dependent on your personal needs and goals. If you have friends and family that visit from out of town, consider adding a full bathroom for them to use. It does help resale to increase your bedroom and bathroom count of your home. That being said, if this is just a place for local friends and family to utilize, maybe you only need a powder room.
With more and more of us being tight on time, a home gym can help you get in your regular workout. For some, it is a small corner or room with matted flooring, some hand weights and a couple of mats. For others, it may include matted flooring, machinery, benches, mirrors and maybe even a tv. If you plan to utilize large machinery, ensure that the opening to the room is big enough to get the machines in place. You may want to consider a double door to help with this. If you plan to store any weights or equipment on the wall, talk to your design build remodeler first. It is important to reinforce that section of the basement during the framing portion of the project. This will ensure the wall is strong enough to support the additional weight.
A finished basement can be a workhorse filled with space for productivity and entertaining. When a basement remodel is properly planned with your design build remodeler the space will flow seamlessly from one ‘room’ to another. Just like with any remodel, be sure to discuss all of your needs and wants upfront to ensure the design is perfect for your lifestyle. If you’ve been thinking about finishing your basement, contact us today! We’d love to help you design and build the perfect basement!