Basements used to be viewed as merely a convenient storage space, or a place where our unwanted furniture would accumulate over time. Now, basements are fully functional (and beautiful) additions to our home. Apart from a few possible limitations, your basement can be anything you want it to be. Here are a few things to consider when designing your dream basement:
Finishing the Basement
Before you begin any further alterations, having a finished basement is essential. Whether you decide to hire a contractor, or do it yourself, ensure that it is done right the first time. Check for any water issues and cracks in the foundation before renovating and remember that any plumbing or electrical work that is done will have to be inspected. Once your basement is finished properly, you can move on to the design elements.
Decide How You Want to Use the Space
Know how you will be using the space. Your basement can become a gym, a home theatre, a multi-functional living space or an office. Think about how you can best utilize the space, what are you currently missing in your home? Could you use a quiet office space, or a place to work on your hobbies or crafts? Maybe you need a place to unwind with a big screen TV, comfortable seating and a mini-bar. Whatever it may be, the basement is the perfect space for it. There is plenty of inspiration available online, do some research and find out how you can best utilize the space for you. The possibilities are endless.
Figure Out the Details
Proper planning is essential. Draw out a floor plan of the space and include as many details as possible. Know exactly what you want to do. Choose your colours, any wall hangings, and flooring style. There are plenty of online tools available that can help you incorporate design elements such as wall colour, furnishings and seating arrangements. The great thing about using visual online tools is that you can get a good sense of what the space will look like before you invest your time and money. Here is a list of free online programs to help you design your space.
If you are not prolific in designing and using software, plan extensively anyway – decide on a budget and consult an interior decorator for recommendations.
As much as the basement is an integral part of the home, it is separated enough that you can get creative and set it apart from the rest of the house. This is your opportunity to try out new styles, decor elements and create a unique space.
Finishing and designing your basement will add to the value of your home in addition to providing functional square footage. Keep your basement open, connected, warm and inviting. Make it a beautiful space and you will be sure to use it often. If you have any questions on increasing the value of your home, or are looking for a change – feel free to call me at 416-921-1112. I am always happy to help.