Design Tips for a Basement Renovation

Basement renovation

Most homes have it and many aren t using it to the full potential. It s your basement, that space downstairs that you re using for storage or as a workroom. You can transform that area into bright, totally usable living space with a basement renovation. And with the right design tips you will appreciate your basement level just as much as the upper floors.

Design and Planning

The planning that goes into a basement renovation is incredibly important and how much you do will have a noticeable effect on the budget. Start with the current state of the basement. Is there any framing, insulation or vapor barrier installed? Some builders will have this completed for you, although some will only put studs up or hang the vapor barrier and insulation halfway down the wall. If you own an older house the basement may be partially finished, but badly in need of a remodel.

Any step that is complete will save you money, although you ll need to check the quality of that finish first. Update anything that doesn t meet current building code.

Function and Form in the Basement

Think about what you will use the basement for. Will you have electronics downstairs, including a TV, stereo, computer or gaming systems? You will need to consider wiring up the basement in the same way that your upper floors are wired with phone jacks, CAT 5 cable and speaker wiring along with the usual electrical outlets.

If you are hoping to have a bedroom or sleeping area in the basement there are certain building code requirements that you ll need to take into account. If there is a window large enough to be considered a fire exit (or a patio door in the case of a walkout property), you can design the layout to include a bedroom. If not, you ll need to focus strictly on living spaces.

Traditional Finishes Gone Modern

Wood paneling is a perennial favorite for basement renovations. And today s wood paneling can help make the space bright and cheery, while also keeping the costs down in certain situations. Because it does not require drywall, mudding and painting, natural wood paneling can make your basement reno go quicker.

Choose a light color and be sure to trim it nicely at the floor and the ceiling for a clean look. Use coves, moldings and other wood trim to dress up simple paneling or opt for something with a little texture. You can paint wood paneling if you would like, as long as it s also done in a light color to help maintain a bright feeling in the typically dark space.

Basic Basement Designs

Remember to design your basement with an open feeling and use bright colors and lighting to keep a spacious feeling. Be luxurious and choose high end finishes and flooring. Many people opt for the basics in the basement and are left feeling unsatisfied with the final result. Treat the space just as you would an addition upstairs design for comfort and add personalized features that make you feel truly at home. Soon you ll be retreating to the basement more often than not and wonder how you lived before this transforming renovation.

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