Remodeling or finishing your basement or lower level of your home is a great way to expand your living space and increase your home’s value. There are many reasons homeowners approach us for additional space but this article will review some of the most popular trends we see when remodeling a basement.
Creating a Teen Hangout in the Basement
Homeowners are always trying to find a way to create fun spaces for their kids. A basement is a perfect spot to create a teen hangout. Creating a comfortable space to lounge, watch movies and play video games is a sure way to get your teenagers to invite friends over and stay in for the night.
Making more bedrooms in the basement
Typical homes are maxed out on bedroom space and many homeowners want additional space for guests or even a space for their aging parents. Keep in mind that in order to have a legal and safe bedroom space, the bedroom must contain a window as to ensure another exit in case of a fire. Egress windows with a ladder also count. Adding an attached full bathroom also makes the space better for anyone and will add value to your home.
Having a bedroom in the basement also is great for teenagers who want some more privacy or can be a fun space for sleepovers. One of our clients installed a murphy bed into their basement room so that they would have the flexibility to use the room as a guest suite or a workout room.
Adding additional bathrooms to your home
Adding a full bath to your basement living space is a smart investment and adds value to your home. A bathroom in your basement is useful if you have guests over a lot and is also very convenient if your family spends a lot of time in the basement. Adding a door from the bathroom to the guest bedroom and then having an additional access to the bathroom from the main living space makes a full bathroom even more convenient for everyone who will be using the space.
A bathroom in your basement can also be a huge selling point for buyers if you are ever looking to sell.
Creating an adult lounge in your basement
Many homeowners want a great space to do their favorite activities, such as watching sporting events with friends, having movie nights with their spouse, or creating a bar area for friends to enjoy a beer or cocktail. A basement or lower level is the perfect space to create a flexible area for adults to have their in-home getaway.
Making a workout space
Homeowners want the freedom to work out on their own time. Having a workout space in the basement will save time from driving to the gym, lets the user skip sharing equipment with strangers and gives more privacy. And if the homeowner has small kids in the home, it’s great to catch a workout while they are napping or playing – so no more finding a gym with childcare.
Having a dedicated workout space in your basement will allow the homeowner to design the gym that’s perfect for their goals. Also, it’s hard to skip a workout when you have the convenience of a custom workout room right in your own home!
Adding a home office
Since the COVID pandemic, it’s no secret that more homeowners are working from home on a regular basis. A dedicated office space in the basement allows the homeowner a quiet place to get their work done. And let’s face it – many workers have messy offices! It’s nice to hide the office mess in a private room away from the rest of the home!
The basement is a great place to create a flexible environment that the entire family can enjoy. When planning your basement, it’s important to keep your goals in mind and plan areas that can be utilized by every member of the family no matter their age. Having a flexible space allows your basement living space to grow with you and your family members.
When a basement is unfinished with no bathroom, buyers look at the basement as wasted space. Our design team at Steller Construction look at unfinished basements as potential to make your home work the best way for your family.