One of the reasons why so many people end up wanting to proceed with basement renovations for their home is that there are no rules for what you can and cannot do. It’s your home, it’s your space and ultimately it’s a blank slate. That’s the beauty of the whole thing. However, it’s always helpful to have some direction and insight beforehand so that you can get a sense for what you would like to accomplish with your basement renovations.
There is certainly no shortage of ideas for finishing your basement. In fact if you took a few minutes to brainstorm on your own, you could probably come up with a quick dozen or more. What follows are some of the best and most interesting and useful concepts that you can apply to your basement in order to make the most out of your project and your hard earned money.
First of all, many people use their basement renovations to add another bedroom to their home. This can serve many different purposes. One of which is to have an extra guest room, which is particularly useful especially if you know you’ll have many visitors, or a long term visitor such as a family member. Another though is to provide a great living space for one of your kids, which is particularly common if a family has one older teen and he or she is the only child, or is separated by a large gap from the other kids.
Another one of the best ideas is a recreation or game room. This can serve everybody in the house, or it can be designed more specifically. For example, you can outfit it with all of the sports gear you’ve had in storage, add in a huge HDTV and have a great place to watch the big game with your buddies.
Alternatively, you can make the idea work for your kids by having a lot of games down there, or it can be a large home entertainment area that everybody in the family can enjoy. Keep in mind when you go this route you’ll also have to factor in the cost of the television, games like a pool table and so on into your final costs.
Many people finish their basement so that they can add a gym into their house. In the long run this will actually save you money over gym memberships, which can quickly pile up over the years. Additionally, you’ll have instant access to all of the machines and equipment that you want and you’ll be able to workout at any time of the day or night, seven days a week and every day of the year.
Of course, you don’t have to listen to anybody else’s ideas for what the best basement renovations and ideas are. This kind of project is really all about you dreaming up something that would be the ideal solution for yourself and your family. So think about what kinds of things you’re looking to gain from the project, sample some of the other projects you’ve seen and heard about and come up with something great.
Lee Anderson was born in New York, New York where he was raised in the corporate business environment where both his parents were involved. After inheriting a substantial part of the business, Lee decided to expand the business horizons by traveling to Europe and the Far East. Privileged with enough time to spend with his family, Lee spends the rest between over-viewing his business interests and his other passion, writing.