Basement Remodel

by J on January 17, 2011

As our nations digs its way out of the economic downturn, some homeowners are finding their budgets are allowing them to undertake a home improvement project once again. One project that can give you a big bang for your buck is to remodel your basement. If your basement is looking outdated and a bit shabby, it may be time to transform this space into a room where your family and friends want to hang out.

If you have children still at home, it’s a good idea to make this space into an all-purpose room that everyone can enjoy. Think about the activities that your family likes doing together and incorporate them into the design scheme. It may be that you all enjoy gaming, so you want to include plenty of room for audiovisual equipment and comfortable gaming furniture. Or, perhaps you enjoy more traditional games like board games, cards and maybe pool. Then you’ll want to focus more on creating several gathering areas with tables and comfortable seating.

Either way, talk over your ideas with your home remodeling professional to be sure you understand each other. These next ideas will work with any basement home improvement project.

Warm up the room with a hardwood-style floor. Engineered hardwood is a perfect choice for the basement since it can be installed below grade and over concrete slabs. This flooring is made from real wood, but it’s much more budget friendly. The bottom layers are comprised of plywood and the top layer is a finished wood that can be any type of wood you desire—even exotic types of wood such as Brazilian redwood, Brazilian mahogany, Brazilian tiger wood and Brazilian cherry. You can also add a large area rug for comfort and style.

Another feature you could add to your basement is a stone fireplace. A floor-to-ceiling fireplace makes a stunning focal point for the room, as well as adding warmth and ambience that every family will enjoy.

If you have room in your budget, you may want to add built-in cabinets to your home remodel. Cabinets will provide you with storage for games, DVDs and books, while adding a touch of class to the room.

When considering a color scheme for the basement, keep in mind that neutral colors make an appealing palette to most people. A taupe, beige, or the popular new neutral gray are all good choices. Now you can choose one accent color to add a splash of color to the room in your accessories. A shade of green or blue, for example, could be picked up in the window treatments, throws, footstools and artistic accessories.

Finally, recessed lighting with some help from standing lights or wall lamps will add enough light so that the space feels bright and open.

Remodeling your basement space may just make this room so inviting that you find the family prefers a cozy night at home to an expensive night on the town.

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