What comes to mind when you picture your perfect basement? Is it the perfect space for entertaining? A place to relax? Or is it where you can go to focus on your artistic pursuits? Of course, it could be all three. The question is: how do you turn your basement into a space you love? Read on.1. Stake Out Your Space
How great would it be to have your own artist’s retreat? After all, who doesn’t wish they had a space in their home to devote to their hobbies or passions? Instead of letting your basement turn into one big game room, carve out a section of the basement and build a room that you can devote to your artistic pursuits. Just remember to make sure you have plenty of storage. For smart, seamless storage we recommend built-in shelving and cabinets.2. Bright Lights, Cool Colors
We happen to think that life’s too short for wall-to-wall mahogany. Aren’t basements are dark enough as it is? Instead of covering your windows with heavy drapes and your walls with dark colors, lighten the room by choosing sheer drapes and painting the walls with neutral or brighter colors. For make things even brighter, be sure to add plenty of overhead lighting and consider adding an egress window if your basement doesn’t already have one. And don’t worry about finding the right pro. Our ProFinder technology will quickly find you the local lighting and window pros you can trust to get the job done right. Find a pro.3. Get Cozy
Given that most basements are completely underground, it’s no surprise that they’re often anything but cozy. And while we love wood floors as much as anyone, in the basement we’re all about lush pile carpets. Because really, shouldn’t there be at least one room in the house where you can spoil your feet? For those of you who are going with tile or hardwood but still want to dial up the coziness factor, we recommend spoiling yourself by adding radiant floor heating. Your feet will thank you.4. Play On
If you’ve got kiddos, you know how quickly their toys can takeover your house. It’s no surprise then that creating a dedicated play space ranks high on most homeowner’s to-do lists. What better place to put a play area than down in the basement? And while building them their own play area is no guarantee that they’ll keep their toys restricted to the basement, it at least gives you a chance to reclaim your living room. Just remember: when it comes to a playroom you can never have too much storage.5. Dream It. Do It.
It’s easy to let a project like this intimidate you. Don’t be. Sure, it might be a bigger project, but aside from a heftier budget, it involves the same steps as any other project: budgeting, planning, and building. Thankfully, we’re here to help you every step of the way. Wondering how much you should spend? Our Cost Guide will tell you how much others in your area have paid for their remodels. Want to make sure you’ve covered all your bases? We’ve got dozens of articles that will have you talking like a pro in no time. And if you’re intimidated about the prospect of hiring a pro, don’t worry, we’ve got a great article that will tell you all you need to know about hiring a pro. Last but not least, we’ll help you find a pro you can trust to build the basement of your dreams.