Most people overlook their unfinished basements when performing home decoration jobs. They leave the basement remodeling until the ends, once all other projects (inside and out) have been tackled, done with and paid for.
Curiously enough, it’s because they consider the room to be cold and sterile. Basements serve as storage, house utilities, but are rarely thought of as a living space UNLESS you needed the room. Then the matter becomes urgent.
Turn Your Basement from Meh to Wow
But what if you could turn your unfinished basement from meh to wow with these basement remodeling ideas?
Get your kids the space they’ve always dreamed of, or your hubby the cave he wants to live in (though I’d be careful on how comfy you might want to make it, just in case you lose him to the nice big screen TV and generously cushioned sectional).
It can even be better than that…
Imagine you can make an income from it? I bet that would all of a sudden make your grey, dark , ill-lit area, seem warm and cosy, right??
Basement Remodeling Ideas
Before you turn your dingy space into a kids cosmos, a man’s sanctuary or a money making machine, you may want to consider these great basement remodeling ideas.
Best of all? You won’t have to spend a lot of money to make the improvement. Also, the only limits are based on your level of inspiration and imagination.
If you’re basement is unfinished, consider these tips after you’ve done your framing, plumbing (if you plan to have a bathroom/kitchen/kitchenette) down there, and dry walling.
Once that’s complete, ideate some themes you want to base your basement décor around to help you determine the next items.
Luxury Carpets For Heat Retention
Yup! We know it, your feet are frosted when you’re down there.
As much as hardwood and laminate seem as a pretty option, they won’t be the warmest for that part of the house. Even though the basement houses your furnace, most of the heat from that device gets pushed around your property.
Lay luxury carpet to improve heat retention. But be weary of cheap products on the market just because the price is phenomenal. Investing in luxury carpets that’s long lasting, retains heat, and aesthetically pleasing is key.
Summer time is the best time for carpet shopping. Get the thickest solution possible with underlay already attached.
Cabinets & Storage Solutions
Basic DIY here folks! You’ll surely have the required tools at home but if you get stuck, YouTube is your friend for instructional videos.
To hide all those unsightly utilities, properly mask bulky appliances such as washer/dryer, the fastest and easiest method is to build custom cabinetry.
Two options here for you:
- Head down to your local DIY store to purchase the wood and build it yourself; or
- Invest in some IKEA cabinets, and hack the life out of them
Your basement may or may not have a window. Even if it did it is likely not high enough above ground to bring it the amount of light you’d ideally like it to.
So what’ the alternative? Illuminate the room effectively.
Start with the paint. Ideally, choose bright shades that are going to reflect any light in the room. Not only will this make it homier, it will give you a designer look. Whites and yellows are often preferable.
Once you’ve painted, take a look at some luxurious light fittings. Consider strip lighting or pot lights that’s usually reserved for kitchens. They produce better results in dark areas.
That being said, no one says you can’t add beautiful modern chandelier lights to your main living area to create the illusion of a larger space, that’s trendy and inviting.
The Gist of it
To spruce up your basement, it doesn’t require a huge investment. Once you’ve determined your theme, installed the basics, and performed the decorating job, you can transform the room into something functional.
You might use it as a kids play area, man cave, home office, studio, guest bedroom or even rental space for students. Whatever you do, remember to always go for quality over price but don’t overlook shopping around, especially online, for deals.
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