Basements in homes are often neglected and not maximized for the potential additional living area it offers. Other than the place where the water heater, air conditioning system, and furnace are located, most homeowners use it to store their junk, equipment, tools, and other seasonal stuff.
On average, the standard American house has a basement area of around 652 to 850 square feet, and that’s not even a full basement. The size of the basement is still determined by its use. Even at a minimum of 650 sq ft, that size is already good for a small home office.
For this reason, we have compiled a few ideas that would be cool to do if you plan to add space to your home and remodel your basement.
10 Cool Ideas for Basement Remodeling
Having a quiet space to retreat to after a long and exhausting day is a great way to cap off your night. You can spend time here with your family or just enjoy some peace and quiet by yourself.
2. Multi-Media Room
If you’re one for multimedia entertainment, then a home theater is perfect for you. You can divvy it up in different sections like a viewing area for movies and television, a music area for listening to songs that soothe even the most savage of beasts, and a gaming area for your kids and their friends to play video games.
If your home has a small kitchen space, build a counter with a kitchen sink in your basement, add a few cabinets, a small dining set, some vinyl flooring, a fridge, and a small pantry and you have additional kitchen space for your meal preps and cooking.
4. Wine Cellar
For the wine aficionados, you’ll never go wrong with a wine cellar in the basement. A built-in wine cellar in your basement gives you enough room to showcase your collection of fine wine amassed through the years.
If you’re not into fine wine but still enjoy a good round of drinks with friends, a basement bar that’s loaded with goodies is sure to be a hit with your friends.
6. Private Study or Home Office
Most folks are getting into remote work nowadays, you can convert your basement into a private study or home office to help you get work done more efficiently at home.
7. Giant Playhouse
Tired of seeing your kids’ mess all over the place? Contain them all in one area and turn your basement into a playhouse for your children. You’ll be their hero and you get to have a tidier house. Win-win!
8. Game Area
Kids aren’t the only ones who want to have fun. Even adults still want to let loose every now and then and enjoy playing games. Get a pool table in the basement, a foosball table, a dartboard up the wall, a table in a corner for some card, or board games and you have for yourself a great room to spend Friday and Saturday night in with your family and friends.
9. Home Gym
Almost everyone’s on the health and fitness bandwagon nowadays. The thing is, it is no longer a trend but already a need as we need to ensure our immune systems are healthy. One of the best ways to boost our immune system is to exercise. If you convert your basement into a personal gym, you will save money in the long run from fitness club memberships and trainer fees.
10. Guest Suite
For those who like hosting family and friends and having them sleep over, a guest room can give your loved ones the privacy they need when they’re at your place. Just make sure that you adhere to your local building code if you decide to go with this remodel.
Like any other remodeling project, you need to make sure that all the work that will be done in your basement meets the minimum requirements of your local building code.