Finished Basements: Unlock Hidden Potential

There are a lot of options when it comes to finishing your basement. You can make it whatever you need it to be including but not limited to a bedroom, second living room, office, kitchen/bar and entertainment space, gym, apartment and the list goes on. 

A finished basement is a great way to not only increase your homes value, but add much needed extra living space as well. It’s also a lot more cost effective than adding an addition onto your home. And it soon may become the most popular space in the house. 

Before beginning any basement construction, you need to check for any water issues. You’ll need to check the exterior foundation as well to make sure it’s in good shape to prevent any possible future water issues that could arise. 

Next is deciding on a layout and budget. If you’re having trouble deciding on a layout, then checking out some basement design ideas will give you inspiration. Deciding to remodel your basement has additional perks of privacy and a quiet space that is not disrupted by living areas in the rest of the house.

One of the most popular uses of finishing a basement is a man cave or game room. A great place to set up a pool table, darts and a bar area as well as an entertainment center with lounge area. It’s separate from every day living in the rest of the home and is a great escape for not only men but anyone including the kids who need to get away and have a little fun. 

Basements are also a perfect place for a home theater. It provides a place where noise won’t be a problem and there will be no disruptions. However, when planning a home theater, you’ll need to make sure you have enough space available to work with. Carefully plan out the type of seating you’ll use along with the type of technology and screen size. Also when it comes to the floor, carpeting is the best option for a home theater. The carpet will absorb any sound so there’s no echoing when watching an action film at high volume. 

Another great way to remodel your basement is to add another kitchen and dining space. If you’re someone who likes to entertain, this is the perfect option. A basement kitchen provides a completely separate area for parties and gatherings. It gives you the ability to cook and entertain without disturbing or causing extra clean up in the main living spaces of your home. A basement kitchen area is also a great place for kids to hang out with friends and enjoy snacks without disturbing the rest of the house. 

Thinking about making some extra money or need a separate private space for either kids or relatives? How about turning your basement into an apartment. You can turn your basement into a multifunctional suite that includes a small living room with open concept kitchen and dining as well as a bedroom and bathroom. If you have the space, this is a great way to add value and function as well as possible side income. A basement apartment is especially great if you have a walkout. This will provide not only a separate entryway that maintains privacy, but completely rules out any disturbances to the main living area. 

No matter what you decide when it comes to finishing your basement, all in all it’s a great investment. Even though it’s hard to see when looking at an unfinished dark and dreary room, every basement has potential. Treat it just as you would any of the above ground rooms and it will soon turn into a beautiful space you’re eager to spend time in. 

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