The value of a basement to a homeowner can be subjective. But the value of a basement to a home is immeasurable. Finishing a basement can create value further down the line as well as immediately. The biggest obstacle is figuring out what to do with all that space. Here are a few ideas.
The Center of Attention.
A home theater, fully stocked bar, gym, studio, office, or living space! A basement can be all these things and more. When finishing a basement people want it to be the new “place” to hang out or get work done. Tastes can be specific but certain things are unbeaten.
A Home Theater.
Dark colors, open concept, and a modern design all lend themselves to create a comforting movie viewing experience. However, more goes into creating the right looking space than just the concept. It comes down to the details. The right color for your walls and trim, the right carpet or flooring, and good interior design are all important to create the right feel. Look at keeping colors and design simple. Allow space for decoration and furnishing to create the most comfortable viewing experience. Gather the family, turn down the lights, turn on your favorite movie, and enjoy it!
It might not be the best option to tear down all the walls if you are looking at converting your basement to a fully functioning living or guest space. Look at what you have and what you can do and compare it to what you want. How many rooms are there? Can a kitchen be put down there? Where would the bathrooms go? Once these are figured out you can move more towards the design. The key to making this work is creating a design that does not differ from the rest of your house. When you walk down those steps from your main floor to your basement it should feel as though it is just an extension of the rest of your house. The rest is up to you!
Maybe converting your basement into a family-oriented space is not for you. Having space where you can unwind, invite friends, and hang out in is what you need. A functioning entertainment area might be for you. A comfortable couch, large tv, fully stocked bar, and a pool table area all great ways to create valuable space for entertainment and relaxation. You can even add your touch. If you are a musician look at converting one room or corner to a playing area. Or if you are a gym rat maybe add a treadmill and weight bench to put in that extra work in between relaxing. Maybe you are a sports fan. You can decorate your walls and shelves with all your memorabilia.
The great thing about a basement is that it can be completely independent of the rest of your house or act as another part of it. Whatever you decide to do it is up to you! Make it your own and enjoy it.