Remodeling your basement can be a challenging task, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience in construction and home décor. However, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be heavily involved in the steps that are necessary to get the type of basement you want. Keep these suggestions in mind once you’ve decided that you want to renovate the basement space.
Before you start renovating the basement, have a specialist come out and inspect the space for mold and mildew. It’s common for the basement area of the home to be plagued with these toxins, especially if you don’t use the space often. The temperature of the basement is often different from the rest of the house, which could make it an ideal breeding ground for mildew and mold. Make sure that this problem is eliminated before you start building and remodeling in the basement, and get an air purification system so that the basement won’t have an unpleasant odor.
You may know that you want to paint the walls or add carpeting to the basement, but you should also think about your primary use for the basement. If the basement will become a spare bedroom, you may want to insulate the windows and paint the walls a neutral color. If the basement will be converted into a playroom, a bright color for the walls is ideal.
It’s also important to avoid certain construction mistakes when you’re remodeling the basement. For instance, avoid a drop ceiling in the basement. This makes the basement area feel cheaper than the other parts of your home, so it’s best to decorate the basement in a way that is consistent with the rest of your house. A drop ceiling also makes the basement feel smaller, and this can defeat the purpose of remodeling, since you’re renovating the space to make your home feel more spacious. Keep this in mind if you will be particularly active in the basement, i.e. building a mini bar or kitchen in the basement so you won’t always have to go the main kitchen when you want a snack or beverage.
Built-in storage is also a great idea when you’re remodeling the basement. Built-in shelves and designated areas for storage will help to make the space neater without taking up too much space. If you build shelves into the wall, you won’t have to use a bookshelf or large dresser in the basement. Just remember not to add too much storage space, since this could make the renovation project more expensive and you may not get the return on investment that you want if you sell your home in the future.
Finally, consider an open stairwell as part of your basement renovation. This is a stylish and practical way to connect the basement with the upper section of your home, and the stairwell lets natural light into the basement, which can make the space more welcoming and inviting. The stairwell is also a great idea if you are turning the basement into another area to entertain family and friends, such as an additional den or a space to have game night.