Basements are often neglected parts of the home, so when someone mentions them, you immediately think of storage space. However, the basement space can have thousands of features! Basement renovation ideas are practically limitless.
Moreover, basements tend to take on the personality you give it. The hard part is deciding whether you want your basement to be a relaxation haven or more of a fun, exciting gaming area.
We have listed our top 10 basement renovation ideas below along with their respective selling points, just in case you need some ammunition to convince your significant other.
Once you’ve determined what your basement’s purpose is, you can start planning what you want to accomplish. A well-planned basement renovation is essential.
Basement renovation ideas to Consider:
1. Home Theater
A home theatre is a classic for basements, satisfying the entire family – which explains their popularity. In order to enhance the movie-going experience, consider installing architectural lighting on the ceiling in a home theatre.
To prevent sound from traveling too far, add carpeting as well. With a new home theatre, the gentlemen will be able to watch hockey games, while the children and ladies can enjoy wholesome movies in a theatre-like setting! Get away from your everyday life by immersing yourself in your favorite show.
2. Wine Cellar and Home Bar
You love wine, right? Imagine spending a romantic evening with your significant other in your magnificent wine cellar as you enjoy your favorite bottle of wine.
For wine-lovers, a wine cellar would be a fun and interesting gathering place. For small spaces, you might consider installing a wine rack. When building a wine cellar, many factors must be taken into account, such as insulation, ventilation, lighting, etc.
A custom bar could also make a great addition to any wine cellar or wine rack! It would be great to host guests in the basement bar – and maybe learn some mixology tricks as well.
This space is the perfect place to spend some memorable times with friends and family. You can make your bar look anyway you want, whether it’s futuristic, traditional, or sports-themed. You’ll have an incredible new way to spice up dinner parties and get-togethers.
3. Children’s Game Room
Basements can be the ideal places for your children to have fun, and keep all their scattered toys neatly organized in one place. Rain or shine, the kids can have fun for hours!
Build custom storage with shelves for books and board games, and cabinets for less-used toys. The possibilities are endless when it comes to what you can do with your basement! You can turn it into an arts and crafts room, a basketball court, a gaming room, or anything else you want.
4. Living Room
More often than not, the main floor living room is used mostly as a room to relax, and should be a quiet place to unwind and read a book. Soundproofed basements are ideal for living rooms – you can watch movies, or spend time with the family, and be comfy while watching them. Adding a fireplace will only add to the comfort of this space! When the winter months hit, who wouldn’t enjoy a nice glass of wine while warming up? Spruce it up and mix-and-match different styles in the basement’s decor.
5. Adult Game Room
Everyone has the right to have fun, including adults! Pool tables, ping pong tables, and dart boards can make your basement an enjoyable place to spend time. The children will have the opportunity to enjoy the space as they grow older as well. The moments you’ll create with your family and friends will be absolutely unforgettable.
6. Home Gym
Invest in a home gym in your basement for an effective and affordable workout and say goodbye to expensive gym memberships. You’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish with a small investment. With a few free weights, an exercise ball, a yoga mat, and an elastic band, the room will begin taking shape before you know it. It is also possible to purchase additional fitness equipment afterward, such as a stationary bike, an exercise bench, or even a treadmill.
Install a large mirror, shelves for rolled towels, and books on weight lifting in your home gym. You may also want to install a small refrigerator to keep bottled water. It’s also a good idea to install a wall-mounted TV nearby so you can watch workout videos or simply to keep yourself entertained. Use an Apple TV system to watch content from your favorite apps, such as iTunes, Netflix, and Sportsnet.
You might want to consider hanging a mural of motivational quotes on your wall to stay motivated. Even on the days when you don’t feel like working out, they’ll encourage you.
7. Bathroom and Laundry Room
There is always a need for a basement bathroom. Then you won’t have to walk back and forth between the basement and the main floor! It can be luxurious to have a basement bathroom adjacent to a guest suite – or even standalone.
Adding a laundry room to your basement would be another great idea. If you have furry family members, you could even add a pet-washing corner. You don’t have to worry about splashing around and damaging your main bathroom anymore. Furthermore, providing them with a grooming corner will allow you to take care of them more easily and gives you a great place to store your pet’s grooming accessories, shampoos, etc.
You may have to take a few extra steps when it comes to doing laundry if you have a laundry room in the basement. However, you will also avoid irritating your household with the sounds coming from your washer and dryer. A laundry chute can also make the process easier since you won’t need to carry your clothes downstairs every time. Whenever it’s time to do laundry, everyone can simply toss their clothes down the chute!
Adding a bedroom to the basement would be a great idea. The space can be used for a child’s room or even a full guest suite. Having all that space in the basement will allow you to let loose and create a huge room. In a children’s room, you can even include a play area in the bedroom! For your guest room, you might want to add an adjacent bathroom. In terms of decor, feel free to let your creative side run wild.
9. Home Office
Want some peace and quiet during your 9 to 5? Converting your basement into a home office is the perfect way to make the most of your space! It is possible to find built-in furniture that includes a functional desk, storage space, light and a retractable work-surface. It is also important to take care of your posture, which is why you must invest in a comfortable chair and an adjustable desk in addition to staying organized. Choose materials that are durable and easy to clean, they will last for years which is perfect if you get the opportunity to work remotely full-time.
10. Basement Bachelor
When was the last time you really used your basement? Wouldn’t it be great if you could convert it into a basement bachelor apartment? When done correctly, you can earn rent from tenants, and your home’s resale value will rise. Before you move forward with this idea, check with your city to see if renting out the space is possible.
To do this successfully, it will also be necessary to install an independent entrance, a kitchen, and a bathroom in your basement apartment. The best way to make sure everything runs smoothly is to hire a qualified basement contractor.
Lastly, decorate the room with something relatively neutral, since your tenants may wish to decorate it as they see fit!
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