A basement room is a great way to add more space to your home. Basements are often used as storage areas or laundry rooms, but it doesn’t take a lot of effort and creativity to turn this often underused space into a comfortable and functional living space. Here, we look at some tips to convert your basement into a usable room.
1. Assess the space
The first thing you need to do is to assess the space and determine the potential. If you are wondering how to measure a house for square footage, start by making a note of the square footage of the basement, how high the ceilings are, the lighting, and the plumbing and electrical connections that already exist there. You will need to identify any potential issues that may need addressing, such as moisture or insulation problems, and whether you need to fit a sump pump. Think about how you will want to use the space and what you will need to do to make it functional
2. Address the issues
Before you get started on any renovations, it is important to look at any issues that may cause you issues further down the line. Look for any water damage, moisture issues, leaks and so on, and take steps to make them right. Look at whether you need to put in additional insulation to make sure the space is energy-efficient and comfortable for users.
3. Make a floor plan
Creating a floor plan for your basement is important to make sure that you make the most out of your space’s potential. Bear in mind what you are intending to use the space for and what fittings, fixtures and furnishings you will be putting in there. Draw up a floor plan and take accurate measurements to make sure that everything will fit in the space properly.
4. Think about the flooring
The right flooring will make a huge difference in how comfortable and functional the room is. Look at materials that are waterproof, durable and easy to keep clean – vinyl tiles and planks are always a good idea for basement rooms. Installing a subfloor can also help you to insulate the space and improve comfort levels.
5. Light it up
Because of their lack of natural light, basements are notorious for being gloomy and dark, but careful lighting can make a massive amount of difference. Installing both overhead lighting and task lighting can create a warm, bright and inviting atmosphere. Dimmer switches are also a good idea as they can be used to control the lighting level.
6. Make it cozy
As we mentioned above, a lack of natural light can be an issue with a basement room, but you can also make the most of it being a darker space by adding cozy elements such as fireplaces, warm colors and soft textures.
In any living space, storage is essential and your basement room should be no exception. Look at putting in built in shelves, cabinets and bookcases to keep the space organized and free of clutter.
Turning your basement room into a fully usable room can provide you with useful additional living space and can even add value to your home if you come to sell it in the future.