Even if your basement currently looks like a dark and dank storage facility for seasonal decorations and discarded household items, there are plenty of basement remodeling ideas to give your space the flare, excitement, and beauty it deserves!
How to Remodel Your Basement
Basement remodels can be very tricky, but when done right, they will provide you with years of joy and entertainment! The challenge of creating an inviting, attractive space often stems from the fact your basment exposes many of your home’s sybasementuch as plumbing and electrical. The floor plan may be set up to divide the space into smaller areas that house hot water heaters and storage facilities. It takes careful planning and creative design to tastefully conceal these potential eyesores, and Abbey Design Center’s team of expert designers are determined to help you create the most beautiful and functional space! Here are some basement remodeling ideas on how Abbey Design Center can help you transform your basement into a stunning place the entire family will enjoy for years!
There are several practical basement remodeling ideas and considerations to consider:
- How will you use the space? Do you want an open concept? Maybe you want to remodel your basement to have separate areas for a media room, workout area, guest bathroom, and laundry room? Or are you looking to add an extra bedroom or in-law suite?
- Is there ductwork or ceiling pipes that need covering up? Is a drop ceiling something you may need to add in?
- Do you want to build separate areas to house the furnace, hot water heater, and breaker box? Local codes often have specific requirements for spacing and framing.
If you are looking to create an entertainment space, position it in an area that gets the best natural light. Bedrooms require a second egress and positioned along the perimeter. If you’re considering a home theater addition to your space, reserve a darker spot for the screen as to reduce glare. When adding a kitchen area, you want to save enough space for easy, functional access to the area.
Before You Start a Basement Remodel
Prior to any design planning or construction work, it’s necessary to check for water issues or damage. Remember to inspect the interior floor, walls, downspouts, and gutters. Obvious signs to look for are pools of water or drips coming through the walls. Is the ground outside graded away from the home’s foundation? Finally, look for cracks in the foundation and repair them before work begins.
Because it is adjacent to the ground, even in dry weather basement flooring can leak residual moisture in the form of vapor. If you’re worried about basement moisture, consider installing flooring that offers the best protection. When it comes to basement flooring, the harder, the better. For example, choose tile and concrete over carpet will help greatly with keeping the space clean and protected from any natural damage. Ceramic tile can be a great choice as it easily dries out in the event of flooding. Laminate and wood can also work as they provide both a beautiful finish and a sturdy structure.
Good lighting design is crucial to making the basement a place where people want to gather. When remodeling your basement, combine natural, direct, and indirect lighting sources to give the room a warm and inviting feel. Windows, recessed lights, LEDs, and CFLs work perfectly together and accommodate different uses and moods.
Track lights are ideal for ambient lighting, and overhead recessed lights give the room a clean, modern look. Don’t overlook task lighting, as it helps prevent eye strain. Pendant lights, as well as floor and table lamps, are efficient ways to create task lighting. They’re also easy to reposition if you want to rearrange and change things around. Use accent lights to create drama, showcase collections, and create visual appeal.
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