Now that you’ve decided that it’s time to renovate the basement so you can use it for something other than laundry and storage, what are your options? An activity room for the kids? An exercise room for yourself? Maybe a home theater for everyone to enjoy. Whatever you decide upon, it’s important to know that renovating your basement is a commitment. Make decisions carefully and remember the following.
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1) The renovation will take time. You won’t be able to do everything at once. It’s best to start with one area of the basement at a time. That way, you’ll be able to finish and enjoy each space separately before deciding what else to include.
2) There should be an “out” strategy for every new addition. If the activity room, home theater or exercise area don’t work out as planned, you can turn back to an alternate idea, but only if you haven’t gotten too far down the road. So in your planning, try to think of what else would fit into the space.
3) Furnish the room with items that have an “out” strategy as well, such as futons or modular seating arrangements, making it easy to change things around if you’re not 100% satisfied and want to use your alternate idea instead.
4) Don’t forget about ventilation! Not only should you consider what upgrades your existing HVAC system might need, you also need to think about installing windows. If you’re building a home theater, for example, professionals like the crew at Performance Audio recommend that the room have at least one window in order to provide adequate ventilation.
5) If the basement is finished but still feels unfinished, consider creating a focal point by painting the ceiling or adding crown molding along the walls. Most basements are an ugly combination of cement floor. A cool focal point will finish the room.
With these tips in mind, you’re ready to start renovating your basement. Whatever you choose to do, enjoy your new space!