Basement Remodeling

Working from the ground up

Remodeling a basement is one of the most important things that a homeowner can do to improve the look, value and function of their house. If you're looking to ramp up your basement, there are lots of changes you can make, ranging from the very basic to the more extreme.

Creating the Finish

Basement remodeling ideas can be as serious as turning the basement into a small studio apartment or as simple as finishing the room off. To finish a basement, a homeowner will need to add drywall then cover the drywall with finished walls. The flooring will also need to be laid and sealed. Once this is done, there are hundreds of things that can be done to the room to give it the look and purpose you want.

Have you ever considered turning your basement into a small apartment? This is perfect for teenagers who might want a little more privacy and space, as well as the chance to get away from their parents. It might also work well to bring in some additional income by renting to students or to adults.

If you go with a studio apartment, you'll need to hire a professional to complete the majority of work, since a bathroom and kitchenette will need to be added. Another option is to turn the basement into a game room where the whole family can have a little fun, and have a place to unwind on the weekends. You may also want to turn the area into a den, or a barroom for adults only.

Budgeting Your Basement Remodel

Your basement remodeling price point could come down to how much professional help you need to bring in. If you plan on adding plumbing or electricity and aren't much of a do-it-yourselfer, you'll want professionals to handle the jobs so all work is up to code. Each one will set their own fees based on the amount of work needed.

Basement remodeling plans are available online, in books and in home improvement magazines. An easy way to find some basement remodeling plans is to take a trip to your local home improvement store and get tips on upcoming workshops that cover basement remodels. A website community that posts basement remodeling pictures can help give you the inspiration you need to start your own design. These pictures will typically show before and after images to give you a better reading on what can be done.

A basement remodel is an excellent way to add some value and much-needed space if you want to sell your home. Think about your intended purpose for the space and plan a budget and design that can make it happen. Remember, if you can't do it all on your own, professionals are only a phone call away!

By Jennifer Eblin