6 Small Basement Remodeling Ideas

Below-grade rooms are often left on their own, to slowly deteriorate over time. Yet, they hold great promise in terms of expanding and improving the living space.  You can gain additional square footage without excavating or making structural changes. Besides, infrastructure in the form of utilities is usually in place. So, do not let the size of the room stand in the way of your vision. With small and simple steps, you will be able to transform it and create more living space. 

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A home extension

It is a real shame that most basements are used as makeshift laundry rooms and storage repositories. Thus, one has to figure out the new purpose that the renovated basement will serve. Do you want it to be a subterranean entertainment area, workshop, home office, room for kids, or something else? I would defiantly go for a bonus room such as a home theater. The layout is likely favorable, since you need little more than seating area in a dark spot, where you can avoid the annoying screen glare. 

Prepping the stage

It helps to deal with clutter, dirt, dust, and mold that run the show and inhibit your plans. If you do not know what to do with a ton of stuff that was crammed there, call an appropriate service to handle it, such as these pro removalists in Brisbane. Once that is sorted out, consider the layout of the basement. In general, when working with a small space, open floor plan seems like a good idea. Still, do not rule out partition walls, half-wall dividers, sliding doors, and movable screens. 


Test the waters

The thing with basements is that they require thorough planning a quite a bit of prep work. Namely, they endure a heavy beating from moisture and water over time and as a result, nuisances like mold and mildew take hold. Hence, one of the crucial tasks when converting the space is to carry out waterproofing. Fix any plumbing leaks, cracks in the foundations, and holes. See how to integrate basement laundries, kitchens, and bathrooms with present water supply lines, main pump, and drainage.  

Pops of color

People do not seem to know what to do with ductwork and beams. Some homeowners decide to play it safe and paint them in the same color as the ceiling. However, I would try out something different. How about applying a bright and playful tone to liven up things a bit? Alternatively, box the ducts in with soffits or wood-frame enclosures. Of course, there is a wide array of other projects for interior home renovations that enable you to spruce up and beautify the space. 

Let there be light

In basements, natural light tends to be in short supply, limited to few small windows at best. On the brighter note, you can make the most of the artificial lighting fittings. Recessed and dropped ceilings easily accommodate can, track, and fluorescent troffer solutions. The perimeter lighting comes in handy as well, so think in terms of sconces, fluorescent tubes, LED wall washers, and spotlights. As for the main socializing area, it should be placed where there is most natural light.  



Finishing touches

When finishing a basement, make sure to use materials that are resistant to moisture and water. Typical drywall or wood framing does not cut it when longevity and durability are a priority. On the other hand, you can always rely on insulated and waterproof wood panels, mold-proof PVC moldings, water-proof under-floor systems and similar solutions. TBF panels are worth considering as well, because they can be attached directly to foundation walls and make it easy to do the wiring. 

From lowly to lovely

Basements can be much more than cold concrete prison for discarded and rarely used items. They should be treated just like any room aboveground. With smart renovating and remodeling, it could become a favorite spot for hanging out or spending some solitary time. So, inspect the space for moisture and mold and take on DIY waterproofing. Have a plan in place before rolling up your sleeves and enhance functionality, comfort, and visual appeal.