When you are considering changing your basement, you’ll need to consider all the options for basement finishing. But before you decide to go into the basement and rip everything apart, you’re going to want to make some big decisions first – and that includes answering the below questions.
What is the Space For?
When you are taking the time and money to revamp your basement, the first question you must ask yourself is: what am I looking for? Are you just updating the existing footprint? Are you adding structural changes? Do you have specific needs that must be met, such as another bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen? Or are you planning on utilizing the space for multiple purposes? Once you know what you’re going to use the space for, then you can move on to planning. Check out our basement design ideas.
After deciding what all you want to create out of your basement and looking at the scope of work to be done, you’ll want to get the help of professionals. They can help you in a variety of ways, simply by telling you want is attainable and how you could fit everything in your basement’s footprint. Additionally, they may be able to offer you even more ideas on what could be done with the space, like adding a fireplace, wet bar, etc.
Take a look at this 3rd Party Review on the Value of a Finished Basement, it will talk you through considerations to make when going through the process.
What’s Your Style?
If you are using the basement space for a bar and a lounge area, chances are you won’t be overly concerned with using light and bright colors, patterns, and textures throughout the space. If you want something to feel cozy, you’ll want to stick with darker shades, warm tones like browns, reds, and earthy greens. These colors will help to give you and your guests the feeling of warmth and comfort.
But, if you are working with an already small space and you want to make it feel bigger, then you’ll want to use brighter colors. Check out this article from Homedit to help you brighten up your space. Using these types of colors helps to make the space feel bigger and less confined. You might even consider having the walls and the ceiling be the same color, which helps to create the illusion of unending space.
Additionally, there are a number of other details that can be added to your basement space to make it feel like it’s a more integrated part of your home. Using elements like moldings, stonework, carpeting, tiles, or custom cabinets, you can elevate the space that you have and turn it into a functional and beautiful addition to your home.
Once you’ve settled on the style you are looking for, a huge aspect of your renovation is lighting. Generally speaking, you’ll want to have plenty of lighting in your basement. The style of lighting again depends on your taste: you might look for integrated lighting like pot lights in the ceiling, or prefer to use a variety of lamps, chandeliers, and other fixtures around the space. Either way, your lighting choices will help to reinforce the look you are trying to achieve.
Again, if you are looking to create a warm and cozy space you probably want to stay away from using too many lighting fixtures. Doing so can make the space look awkward and not give you the feel you are going for.
Make it a Space You Love
Whether you are simply updating or completely renovating your basement, chances are you want to turn it into a space that you love. Whether you are planning to use it for entertainment purposes or simply want to spend more time downstairs, a renovation will add much needed square footage to your life.
You can turn your basement into almost anything that you want. Knowing what function you want from the space, your personal style, and your preferred lighting choices are a great way to get you started. To learn about how we can help you get your basement a beautiful makeover, please contact us.
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