Families grow over time and houses begin to fill up. Where do you look when your family requires more space to be comfortable and relax? The basement is often an obvious choice and when done by a professional, basement remodels can result in incredibly designed and built living space. Affordable and achievable, renovations downstairs may be just the solution you're looking for.
Something More Than a Rec Room
You won't be stuck building the typical rec room if you don't want to. Other unique ideas for a basement remodel include a home theater with surround sound speaker system and a massive flat screen television. Or it could be a dedicated fitness area with treadmills, elliptical and weight lifting equipment.
Keep the activities and hobbies of your family in mind. If they like shooting pool and cheering through an air hockey game, by all means design those elements into your basement renovation. Just be sure that casual living wins the day.
Furnishings That Are Comfortable
You can incorporate things into your new basement that will make the space much more relaxing and comfortable. Think of how warm and cozy a direct vent fireplace will be or a corner bar complete with small fridge and wash up sink. These small elements are what make your space personalized and cozy.
If you are going to attempt this as a DIY project you may not be able to be so ambitious and include things like a gas fireplace. Most of those extra elements are beyond the skill of the average handyman or woman. If you feel you could rebuild your home from the top down feel free to design anything and every on the bottom floor, otherwise you'll need to call the pros for the more complicated portions of this remodeling project.
A Bath and a Bed
The basement is a wonderful place to include an extra bedroom. As long as the window is large enough for an adult to climb through safely in the event of a fire, this area is prime for a bedroom. Find out what your local building codes allow and design to those standards.
A bathroom is also perfect downstairs, whether it is a basic two —piece layout or a more luxurious spa bath for everyone. Find out whether the builder roughed in a washroom for you, which will make installation that much easier. Otherwise there are special plumbing products that can make a bathroom work almost anywhere.
With a bedroom and a bathroom downstairs you may lose this space to the teenagers in your family once they grow. The privacy created and the top quality construction that will be done with your professional contractor creates the perfect den for both male and female teens. If you anticipate that will be the case put in a shower just to be prepared.
No matter how you design it, a basement remodeling project is more affordable than an addition and just as successful at creating living space. You can move way beyond the standard rec room if you want to and hire a professional contractor to install things like a fireplace or surround sound TV. Don't forget to add a bathroom and maybe a bedroom to help your family spread out while staying together. This important remodel job will transform your home for the better.