The bare and dark space of a basement often poses a challenge for basement remodels. Don’t let the lack of ideas and design intimidate you. A remodeled basement will go a long way in increased value of your home, expansion of living areas and enhanced lifestyle. Here are some smart and practical tips for basement remodels.
Divide one big useless room into several smaller rooms for different functions. Erecting full walls or half walls is a personal choice and depends on a few factors. While half walls lessen the privacy of each section that full walls can give and activities may interfere with each other, full walls may block out natural light and make the whole basement seem smaller. In the end, the design should consider the existing boundaries on which work will be done.
Add doors and walls to existing storage spaces to keep clutter out of sight. Or wall off a section and install shelves and a door. This will give the impression of a bigger room and make your basement look organized. Include a big egress window in basement remodels. This is one practical idea to consider. It should be large enough for persons to crawl out of in cases of emergency such as fire. It will also allow more natural light to come in and brighten up the room.
Choosing drywalls to install in a basement is preferable to the dropped ceilings popular in the 1970’s. Even if it elevates the ceiling by only an inch or two, it has the effect of making the basement feel more spacious. Basement remodels which have several rooms have different lighting needs. The type of light to be installed will depend on its each area’s function and choosing the right one will enhance the usefulness and attractiveness of each room. Taking into account the natural light available before putting in the artificial lights will help keep power usage down.
Practicality can be combined with uniqueness to come up with a quality design that reflects the owner’s personality and individuality. And basement remodels are great ways to show it!