Once refinished, your basement will become an invaluable living area in your home, one that you will spend much time in. Which is why it shouldn’t feel like a basement. It should feel like an extension of your home — just as welcoming, just as attractive.
Here are some ways to make sure that your new basement design is an inviting space for your family and guests alike:
-Use the same quality of products that are used throughout the rest of your home. We cannot stress enough that creating a basement remodel using cheap or low-quality materials “just because it’s going in the basement” is not a good idea. Make sure the fixtures you select, as well as the woodwork and doors, look like they fit in with the rest of your home. To truly add value to your home and make your investment worthwhile, there needs to be a fluid transition between upper and lower levels.
-Create an open floor plan. Basements already feel a bit cramped due to their below-ground status. To make yours feel spacious and open, avoid excess walls and don’t chop the space into too many rooms. If you want to separate spaces, consider a half-wall or walls with window cut-outs. Take the extra effort to have the ceiling height increased if possible.
-Keep your basement light and bright. Don’t skimp on lighting. Install plenty of built-in lighting sources, like recessed can lights, so that the your basement space is a bright area any time of the year. To add charm, accent with wall sconces or pendant lights. Channel as much natural light as possible by digging egress windows before you start if your basement is entirely below ground.
-Include smart storage. Make sure you delegate enough space for a roomy storage closet. Take advantage of the nooks and crannies of a basement and use them to add built-in shelving or a pull out storage bench.
-Add cozy touches. It’s worth the extra money to frame off windows using nice trim, put in doors with accent features, add those sconces, or build your shelving with charm. These are all factors that make your basement more un-basement-like. Consider adding a fireplace against the main wall, which will not only make your basement look more cozy, but feel more cozy as well when you need the extra warmth during colder months.
All in all, make your investment worthwhile by designing a basement that is equal to or more inviting than the rest of your home. Looking for creative ideas to start planning your new basement? Check out these inspiring basements from hgtv.
Ready to begin your basement remodeling adventure? Connect with us here at Excel Builders to consider your options for getting started! Serving Minneapolis, the West Metro, and the Twin Cities, MN area with amazing basement remodeling services and more.
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