If you have a basement in your home, you have probably already thought of many different ideas on what to do with it, custom kitchen for example. There are several different ways that you can use a basement and the choice is completely yours. Some decorating can be expensive so ensure you are prepared for that expense.

The first consideration when planning on a functional basement for your house is to think of a good basement design concept. A design plan will steer you in the right direction as you actualize your ideas. The challenge is to know HOW to create a good basement design. What makes a good design? What research must be done? If you are considering having your basement professionally finished here are a few tips to remember.

First of all, you need to focus on natural light. Find any means to add a link to the outdoors. If your house has walk-out pathways, ask your contractor if the construction will support new sliders or French doors. You may then focus on artificial lighting to further brighten or add drama to space. You should strategically position artificial lighting where you need it the most, such as at room corners. You have many options here. You could include recessed can fixtures, sconces and hanging lights to maximize the space.

Next, try to incorporate a basement design that goes with the rest of your home to develop a seamless transition. For instance, you could use the same color palette in your basement with the one dominating your entire house. Use similar hardware such as door knobs, drawer handles, hinges, and so on.

Now let’s talk about flooring. You need to design wisely here. If you are located in an area where flooding usually occurs or is most likely to occur such as areas near the sea, then consider a type of flooring that can be easily maintained and fixed in case a flood happens.

Now, what other accessories and accents should you use? Add personality to space by having an accent wall of a color that attracts most. Paint vertical lines on a wall or all walls if you want to visually add height to a low-ceiling basement.

Think about your primary needs and interests

Consider what you love to do and build a room specifically for that interest. Do you work out daily and find it difficult to designate the right space for your various machines? Are you so into scrap booking that your supplies and layouts always seem to be in the way? Would it be great for the toys your kids love to have a play room all of their own? Would you love watching that football game in your own theater room?

Consider adding a bathroom area to your newly created space

Many homeowners will tell you that having an additional bath is an extremely convenient inclusion when finishing a basement area. No matter what spaces you are choosing to create, family and friends will benefit from a nearby bathroom.

Work with your contractor to determine room layout

For example, utilizing window light is great for an office but not so great for a theater room. Creating a guest room might make good sense for the needs of your family but does it conform to safety guidelines? Maybe the creation of one very large room makes more sense than the creation of several smaller rooms. Working closely with a professional will help you make the best decisions.

Factor in all costs at the start of the project

Often, the construction costs involved in a finished basement area are just the beginning. You should consider the interior design aspect of the project as well. Things such as carpet, paint, window coverings, and new furniture can really add up.

Bear in mind that finishing a basement typically adds value to your house. The addition of usable square footage is typically a good investment, especially when considering resale values. Creating functional space for your current needs, while keeping in mind that someday a potential buyer will be evaluating your basement design is a wise thought process when building. Know that a finished basement can be a wise investment for a long time span, adding value and equity to your house.

Keep the design in line with the overall design of the home

When remodeling a basement, you want it to match the overall design of your home. It needs to look and feel like it’s just another room in your house and not as if you’ve stepped through a portal once you walk through the door.

Take it easy on the woodwork

Some people just can’t get over the idea that a basement is a storage area. A great basement finish should have minimal built-in cabinets and storage spaces. Not only will you save money on the cost of wood, but you’ll also prevent your basement ending up as another storage room.

Maximize the use of natural light

If the house design will allow, try to maximize the use of natural light so you don’t use up too much energy during the day. Some of the best basement finishing works maximize the use of natural resources.

Use a drop-down ceiling only when needed

Basements are usually full of pipes running across the ceiling. In order to hide the pipes, some people think that installing a drop-down ceiling over the whole room will be easier. Bear in mind that basements usually have low ceilings so you’ll need to maximize the space. It’s best to install drop-down ceilings only in the areas where they are needed. You might need to rearrange the plumbing, but doing so will certainly help in creating a better basement finish.

Function of your basement

The final consideration to make pertaining to basement design is the overall function of your basement. Don’t over-specialize-if there’s a possibility you’ll be selling your house at the near future, consider other people’s preferences. Ascertain that any custom feature you’ve employed can be easily reused or reconstructed for other means. Finishing your walk out basement is likely to enhance the overall value to the house that you own. Try it today.

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