Are you one of the millions of people looking to remodel your home? HomeAdvisor’s 2017 True Cost Report said that 80% of homeowners had plans for home improvement. Perhaps one of the best ways to gain a little more square footage or customize your space without moving is to finish your basement.
Basement finishing isn’t just done to create a space for your kids anymore. More and more people are doing basement renovations that make them actually want to head downstairs. And why shouldn’t they? According to Home Advisor, basement remodels can have up to a 70% return on investment.
A finished basement can now look more like a natural extension of your home rather than a play space or dumping ground. Some of the easiest ways to do that is to use a color scheme and décor that match your first-floor living space. You can even add a walk-out or larger windows to let in more natural light.
Basement remodeling is becoming more decadent, too. People are now adding full kitchens, home breweries or wine cellars instead of the typical basement bar. Earthy tones, barnwood or stone feel natural in a basement renovation and expand your entertaining space to include something truly unique.
Another new (and fun) addition to basement remodels that people are doing are movie theaters and over the top game rooms. And that doesn’t mean they’re throwing a big screen television and a ratty, old couch down there. The new thing is to finish your basement space so that it looks and feels like a movie theater or arcade. Reclining leather chairs, surround sound and customized lighting can make you feel like you’re in a real theater.
Basement finishing also includes adding a spa or fitness club to your home. You can put in a sauna, hot tub, steam shower or massage table. With the wide open space a basement affords, you can add several workout machines or even a meditation room.
For music enthusiasts, basement remodels can include a music room with customized storage and sound barriers or even a stage for performances. Dancers can have their own ballet studio with mirrors and bars. Or collectors can have their own museum complete with glass cases to show off their collections.
Whether you want a unique place to entertain, a place for the whole family to play or a place just for you, basement finishing can expand your living space, customize your home and improve your investment.