When your family needs more space, the very best place to start the design is downstairs. Family Basement renovations are the most cost effective way to add the more casual living area for a family. Because you can utilize the existing foundation and structure the overall cost per square foot will be less than an addition. And with the help of a professional contractor, you can transform even the dreariest basement space into something bright and beautiful.
Popular Basement Remodeling Plans :
There are so many different things your basement can become besides a rec room. How about a fitness room with some exercise equipment and free weights? (Don’t forget to think about the flooring, especially if you will be doing aerobics down there.) Or a high-end home theater room with a big screen TV and surround sound?
Think about what your family enjoys doing and decide how to accommodate those activities in the newly remodeled basement space. If games like billiards and air hockey are family favorites then by all means set up a recreation room. This space should be built for casual living, which includes plenty of recreation.
Comfortable Furnishings :
Consider including some features in your basement renovation that will add comfort. Things like a direct vent natural gas fireplace or a built in a bar are excellent additions to the basement that can be easily installed by your contractor.
When homeowners attempt to finish their own basement as a DIY project, they miss out on the opportunities to include more involved elements. If you wouldn’t feel confident building your own home – from foundation to roofing and all of the finishing tasks inside – it may not be a good idea to attempt a DIY basement remodel. Even if you’re handy and capable, leaving it to a pro will provide you with so many more options for the features installed.
Bedrooms and Baths Renovations :
A basement is a great place for a bedroom as long as the windows are large enough to use as a fire escape. This stipulation is written into the building code in many different places and is also just a good common sense guideline to use. The natural light that a decently sized window will provide is bound to be appreciated, especially down on the basement level.
Bathrooms are almost a must in the basement, although you may need to have some clever plumbing installed. There are special toilets available that will pump the water up to the sewage drainpipe if necessary, although many newer homes have been fitted with a basement rough-in. This setup makes bathroom installation a breeze downstairs and will also cut down on the overall cost of the renovation.
Put in a shower in a basement if your family will use it, but a two-piece sink and toilet combo might be sufficient for the traffic that’s downstairs.
However you design it, your basement renovation will add casual living space for minimal cost. With the help of a professional contractor, you can make the best use of the area and include all of the features your family needs, creating the most comfortable spot in the house.