Top Tips To Make Your Basement Extremely Useable

Published on 03/16/2022
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Basements were once thought to be an underused and underutilized space. It was the home of the scary things for many children. All of that has changed though, and homeowners are more interested in upgrading their basements. Homeowners have discovered that they can put this huge, open area to good use while also potentially increasing the value of their home.

Basement remodeling requests have increased in the past as homeowners attempt to enlarge their living space. Here are some of the top trends we expect to see this year.

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Open Concept is Still in Vogue

The open concept is a key aspect of today’s house design. Traditionally, rooms were divided by walls and were walled off from one another. An open concept design, on the other hand, breaks down those walls to create barrier-free spaces that allow you to freely move from one section to the next.

An open concept basement design makes advantage of the basement’s natural expanse to create a contemporary aesthetic that encourages community. The basement can have a variety of uses, but they all connect to one another, such as the game room to the bar area, the family sitting area to the theater room, and so on.

Making it an Extension of Your Home

The basement has previously used as an experimental paint canvas. The fact that it is hidden from view gives it a sense of independence in terms of aesthetics. Homeowners have more leeway to make bold, and often costly, decisions. However, more and more homeowners are treating the basement as an extension of the living space upstairs. The finishing does not change as you descend the steps from the main house to the basement. The colors, flooring, and overall aesthetic remain consistent; it feels like an extension of the house. As a result, the basement can be used for a variety of purposes, including a family game room, extra sleeping quarters, a house wine cellar, and so on.

This simple move can help increase the value of a property as well as its square footage for homeowners preparing to sell. Rather than seeing an unused space, potential purchasers perceive additional living space that is comparable to the main living area. If you’re renovating, you’ll have to decide if you want to create a place with your own particular style or create an extension of your current living area with similar finishes. It’s entirely up to you.

Enclosed Theater Rooms vs. Open TV Spaces

Homeowners can choose between an enclosed theater room and an open TV space when creating a basement media room. A theater room is usually reserved for true movie buffs. They want sealed walls, soft reclining seats, a projection screen, surround sound, LED floor lighting, and perhaps even a popcorn machine to enhance the experience. An open TV area is more relaxed and less expensive to put up. Because it resembles a conventional living room with media equipment added, it actually seems more like a living room.

For numerous homeowners, a classic cinema room has been a dream come true. However, given the cost and hassle of setting one up, as well as the growing popularity of open concept design, more households will opt for open TV areas.

They might also be combined with kitchenettes or bar spaces to make a complete entertainment space. Although an open TV environment lacks the hidden ambiance and immersion of a closed theater, it does have its advantages.

Guest Suites Better Than Your Local Hotels

A typical basement design choice is to add extra space for guests. Creating entire guest suites is one of the hottest basement design trends. These suites can be used by visiting relatives or friends. Bedrooms, a bathroom, and a wet bar are common features in suites. Naturally, the size and complexity of such a suite will be determined by your budget and the amount of basement space available.

A basic suite usually contains a bedroom and an en-suite bathroom. A sitting area next to the bedroom or a morning bar near the bathroom would be a nice touch. You may design a full suite with a living area, kitchenette, multiple bedrooms, and a state-of-the-art bathroom if you have a really large basement (s).

If your family visits frequently or for an extended period of time, guest suites are a terrific option. This provides everyone with a nice and private space to remain. The possibilities are infinite when it comes to upgrading your basement to create a guest apartment.

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