A lot of homeowners only use their basement for storage. This is a shame, especially when basements could always be converted into another room. If you’re one of those people, don’t miss out! Finishing your basement is a good opportunity to increase your home’s value and maximize your given space. The possibilities are endless, so here are some ideas we’ve outlined for you.
But before we proceed with our list of ideas, we’d like to give you a piece of essential advice. If you’re looking to do any major structural changes, such as moving or knocking down walls, please leave this work to the professionals. We can’t stress this enough. Hire a prime contractor to take care of the renovations. Such experts are trained to know what measures to take to ensure that your home’s structural integrity is not compromised. Remember that walls support weight, whether it’s a ceiling and roof or another floor above. The poorly measured work of an amateur could easily have the house collapsing in on itself.
Now, on to the ideas for your basement.
Install a Murphy door or trap door as an entrance
Entrances are everything, and we’re not even just talking about the main entrance of your house. You’ve probably seen at least one mystery movie set in a big old house. Inside the house, there are rooms with many large bookshelves. The protagonist pulls an unsuspecting book from the self, and the shelf pulls open — it’s a secret door! If you’ve ever been amazed by these secret doors and wanted one for your home, you’re not alone. And the good news is, you can have it at home. You don’t even need to live in a mansion to make it possible.
These “secret” doors are called Murphy doors in the construction world. They usually take the form of bookshelves or wall cabinets, but they’re not limited to them either. A mirror can also serve as a Murphy door facade. You can install a Murphy door at the top of the stairs so that it opens to reveal the staircase to the basement. There’s no limit to where you can install Murphy doors in your home. They’re multifunctional, cool, and sure to add extra fun and excitement to hide-and-seek games.
Sleek and stylish storage space
We’re all for using the basement to store things, but why not make it look good too? Revamp the walls with a fresh coating or two of paint to brighten up the room. Invest in good-looking, good quality shelves to line the walls with. Buy storage boxes to put on the shelves — we recommend getting clear boxes so you can see the contents without rummaging through the box. Finish it off by laying an eye-catching carpet on the floor.
Build a guest bedroom
This is one of the more popular ideas for basement renovations, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s a great use of space for households that love to entertain and have guests over for a night or two.
If there’s one thing that the pandemic’s work-from-home culture has taught us, it’s that it can be difficult to work from home. Psychologically, we don’t see our homes as places to work — unless you’ve been working from home since before the pandemic. So it can be harder to focus and get work done. You can change this by designating a separate space at home that’s specifically for work. This will help put your mindset into “work mode,” so it won’t be as easy to fall victim to the many distractions at home.
A general rule of thumb is that you shouldn’t have any couches or beds in your home office. You may be tempted to work on the couch or bed instead, and that won’t help you focus. It’s also bad for your sleep hygiene. You need to associate your bed with sleeping, not working. Create a desk set-up that is ergonomic to lower your risk of desk work injuries.
Family rec room
Dedicate a room for having fun with the family. Apart from a TV set, you can get creative with what to put in your rec room. Have a pool table and another table for playing board games. For the more artistic members of the household, you can have a corner for crafts making or for playing musical instruments.
Home movie theater
This is one way to really excite both your guests and the members of your household. Watching movies or binge-watching shows on Netflix is a great way to bond with other people, so you might also create the perfect room for it.
Go the extra mile by carpeting the floors with a red carpet to make the room look just like in the cinemas. You can also decorate by hanging posters of your favorite movies on the walls. Have a microwave, popcorn maker, or snack bar too for your movie-time snacks.
There are many things you can do to revamp your basement. Transforming it out of a dull state can increase the value of your home. It’s also a great way to maximize your space and make it into a room that the whole family can use. Just remember that if your new basement plan requires moving walls, this is work that’s best left to the professionals.
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