July 2, 2012

How to Strike Balance between Style and Function in your Basement Remodel

Remodeling the basement of your home can often times be a daunting task. More often than not questions like, “What type of flooring do I want” or “What do I actually want to do with this space” are questions that you will ask yourself. For this very reason, the following list of tips and ideas was made to hopefully make your basement remodel go a little easier!

• Transform your basement into a family room or game room!
o Many times when you have guests over, you end up in one of two places: the kitchen or the basement. For this reason it makes sense to turn your basement into a comfortable, inviting place for friends to relax and enjoy each other’s company. Incorporating additions like comfortable furniture, pool tables and possibly a big screen TV add style, and adding things like wireless internet connections, sound systems and good lighting bring it all together and make it functional.

• Add a bed and bathroom to your basement!
o This creates a great space for an older child or guest. Make sure the room you create has enough space to be functional and fit all the proper amenities a bedroom should have.

• Redesign your staircase!
o If you have a basement, there is a 99.9% chance you have stairs that help you get there. Turn an old boring staircase into one that has beauty and functionality. Take into consideration however who lives in the home and who will be using them most often. After all, you wouldn’t want an open staircase design if there are small children or pets that are a concern as they could fall through.

• Finish the walls!
o Many times basements are built by poured concrete or stack concrete blocks. If you spend enough time in the basement, this is something that isn’t necessarily appealing to the eye. Style your basement like you would any other main floor of the house by adding drywall, paneling and plywood or simply paint over the exposed concrete.

• Do something with the ceilings!
o There are really only a few options when it comes to finishing the ceilings of your basement. However, these changes that are available can turn a dark, cold basement into something that would be mistaken for the main floor. Something like concealing the joists, ductwork and exposed pipes along with adding wood paneling or even dropping the ceiling can do wonders to the look of a basement.

As you can see by the list above, there are many doable options when it comes to a basement remodel. Choosing a professional to assist you on these tasks is always recommended. Next time you’re in the market for a new basement, think Aspen builders, the premier choice for basement remodels.

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