If you’ve decided that you want to renovate your basement, you may have several ideas. Choosing the right renovations means considering the needs and desires of your family and your overall lifestyle. You also have to think about the size and shape of your basement so you can ensure you have enough space to pull off your decorative vision. Some renovations will require electrical and plumbing repairs and installation, so you’ll have to work with a contractor team to prepare your basement for the decorative process.
One of the first things to think about is how you’d like to use the basement based on your family’s needs. If you work from home and need a separate place to hold virtual meetings, take phone calls or store your supplies, you may want to turn the basement into a home office. This will give you the feel that you’re working in a space away from home and may improve your concentration by cutting down on interruptions. If you sell inventory or create goods to sell, the basement could be a great place for an office since it will keep you from cluttering the main floor of your home. Since the office is part of your home, you can decorate it with the colors and furniture that best fits your sense of style, which can make you more comfortable in the space.
You can also turn the basement into an additional living space. If you have parties and get-togethers often, you can transform your basement into a comfortable space to watch movies or talk with friends. A large flat-screen TV will likely be the main attraction of the space, and you can add a sectional sofa or several sofas for theater-style seating. If you don’t want to run back and forth to the main floor kitchen to get snacks and drinks during a movie, you can work with a contractor to install a kitchen space in the basement. The right plumbing and electrical components are necessary to properly install a sink or refrigerator in the space. You can also add a microwave to the basement, but be sure to work with a professional if you want the microwave installed on the wall instead of sitting on a counter. If you want to cook and serve the food in the basement, a stove is necessary, and this requires hiring a contractor to do the job for you. However, check with your region to see whether stove installation in the basement is permitted for your home.
Of course, you may also want to use the basement as a laundry or storage space. However, you can ensure that the space is especially organized when you install shelves or build a closet for the area. Ask a contractor to inspect your basement to determine the best place to install a washer and dryer and make sure all your electrical wiring is in place for these appliances. If you store your clothing or furniture in the basement, be sure all containers are clearly labeled so you can easily find what you need. A contractor can also evaluate the basement space to ensure there are no cracks or openings that could let moisture in, so your valuables are protected from weather, mold or mildew damage.