When you decide you want to transform your basement, first consider what you will be using that room for.
One of the options that you see very often in basements is a drop ceiling. The problem with this kind of architectural item is that it is decidedly unattractive in most places.
It makes the space in which it is installed look cheap and sometimes cramped, as well, because it can limit the amount of ceiling height that you have available to you. It’s better to try to keep the basic aesthetic of the rest of your house and avoid putting in a drop ceiling.
Make Use of Space
Making the most of the space you have is always a good idea when remodeling your basement. Shelving built into the wall for storage purposes is one of the best choices you can make, although it’s important to keep things uncomplicated due to the possible expense you could incur.
If you want to sell your home later, you may find it difficult if you invest too much in woodwork, as well.
You may want to invest in an air purifier in order to make the air in your remodeled basement fresher. However, if there is mold or mildew in your basement, you will want to make sure you take care of those problems as well.
Open Up Space
Opening up the stairwell to the basement can be a good idea because it helps bring a greater amount of light into the area. It’s a relatively easy installation to complete. Some of the simple tools you’ll need include wood adhesive and a nail gun.
If you’re going to do this project, be certain to move all of the furniture into the basement before you install the railing.
Basements tend to be cold places unless they’re remodeled. One of the things you can do to make the basement look and feel cozier is to invest in the installation of a thick and comfortable carpet. Your space will seem much warmer and you’ll want to spend more time in the basement.
It is usually a better investment to remodel your basement than it is to creating a whole new section of the house. It can cost anywhere from twice as much to more than three times as much per square foot to set up an addition to the house than it is to remodel an existing space.
It is important to get a good sense of how the rest of your house “flows” as it pertains to aesthetics. Once you have this figured out, make sure you design your remodeling project around that aesthetic so your basement has that same look and feel.
You don’t want your remodeled basement to feel alien-like when compared to everywhere else in your home.
For the ecologically conscious, be sure to see which materials you can get recycled or reused. Also, when your project is completed, be certain to try recycling any leftover material.
There are many places where you can purchase recycled materials to use in your project. By being of service to the environment by making some green building purchases, you can save money, too.