The basement is a place in many homes where families congregate and come together as one. Basement renovation is a great way to incorporate something for everyone in the family other than another bathroom. Whether it is a series of games, electronics or areas for kids, remodeling the basement can be fun and at the same time, add value to the home in the long run.
Here are 10 ideas to help you get started or at least give you some inspiration for starting to think about remodeling and renovating your own basement, Many of these ideas can be done yourself, while some you might want to consult with a professional basement remodeling contractor.
1: Game Room
Turn your basement into a complete game room complete with all of the family’s favorites such as pool table, air hockey, pinball machines, ping pong, shuffleboard and more. A game room can be used by one or many and can also be a place to have guests or a party.
2: Media Center
Add a large screen television, DVD players, stereo system, speakers and Blu-Ray players for the entire family to enjoy. Also, be sure to incorporate comfortable furniture like plush sofas, tables to place drinks and food on and extra seating for guests.
Think about a main theme for the basement. If you like the great outdoors decorate with earth toned colors, plants, and appropriate artwork depicting your favorite animals. If you like boating, think nautical or if you like a certain country, add accessories that remind you of your favorite destination.
If you like wood working or have a certain craft or hobby, add a special area in the basement where you can go to and work on related projects. Whether it is a cozy sewing room or a place for scrapbooking, go ahead and add tables, chairs, worktables, shelving for materials, and built-in closet space for equipment.
5: Kids’ Section
Section off a portion of the basement for the kids to use so they won’t bother you when you are enjoying the basement. Be sure there is plenty of space and enough room for their favorite toys and games. Create a place where they can do what they like to do best be it playing dolls or space invaders.
Add a kitchen area to your basement complete with the latest and greatest in kitchen appliances like microwave, oven, stove, sink, and refrigerator. Build in a pantry to keep everything from snacks like popcorn to items to prepare an entire family meal if you wish.
7: Wine Cellar
If you are a wine aficionado, build-in a wine-cellar to keep your favorite stock always on hand and refrigerated appropriately.
Some basements have enough space for a Jacuzzi or whirlpool.
9: Steam Room
A sauna or steam room is a great way to relax and can add value to a home. Many home improvement stores or pool and spa stores are equipped to build either a steam room or a sauna.
10: Beauty Area
Turn your basement into a health spa complete with exercise equipment, massage tables, shower stalls, as well as a vanity area to do hair and make-up.