Even if it’s just wood and cold concrete, basements have amazing potential. Over the years, that lower level of homes has stopped being ignored and finished basements have becoming more and more popular.
It’s a place where kids can go and play, parents can go to get away from the kids, or even in some cases it can become a man cave.
How do you know that it’s right for you though? Will it be worth the cost to finish it? What should you make your basement into?
Here’s a short list of ideas that you can make your basement into and whether or not it’s right for you.
If you’re worried about payback, this is a great idea that appeals to most people. This type of basement usually has a casual family room with a small kitchen. It’s made into a place where everyone can go to relax and watch TV. Add a pool table or projector for the big game and it will definitely be a place people will want to hangout. Before you start this process though, make sure your lower level shows no signs of water damage. This can cause the need to replace furnishings and cracks in the walls and foundation. Also know your local ordinances and if you are allowed to outfit a full kitchen.
This is perfect for a family with young children. Creating your basement into a place where you can keep all the toys and messes where you can’t see them, can be very appealing. You can make cabinets that have certain sections where each toy goes. If you want to get really fancy with it, you can create a ball pit for the kids to jump around in and even a castle fort for the daughter that insists on being a princess. Whether the kids are playing downstairs or upstairs, you are sure to grab a sweet second of peace and quiet with a basement made for the kids.
If you love to shop and can’t seem to get enough of those holiday decorations, a basement can be your best friend. You can easily transform your basement into a huge walk in closet. Create hooks and shelves for all your storage needs. Even make that gift wrapping station you’ve been dying to have!
If you’re one to have a lot of visitors and maybe the in-laws come to town often, creating a space that they can have to themselves will help ease the stress on you. Make a guest bedroom for them and maybe a small living area where they can relax and get away. It will be convenient and your visitors will love you for not having to sleep on the couch!