If you’re like many of us, your basement has served one purpose: storage. In other words, it’s been used to hold all the things that you barely use.
But after all this time, you’ve probably grown tired of wasting it. You’re looking to put it to good use and create a space that your family can actually use and enjoy. The only question you have now is: how?
There are a number of different things you can do to a basement in order to add value to your home. Here are 8 basement remodeling ideas to consider.
1. Turn It Into a Living Room
One of the most obvious options is to turn your basement into a second living room. By adding flooring, wallpaper, furniture, a TV, and other such items, you can transform your basement into a cosy living space.
This would be particularly useful for those who have children. Mom and dad could enjoy the upstairs living room while the kids could spend the bulk of their time playing and hanging out in the basement (with their mess hidden away too).
This would create some peace and quiet for the parents all the while providing the children with a space in which to let out their energy. Not to mention, it could add substantial value to your home.
2. Turn It Into a Gym
Tired of driving for 15 minutes just to get to the gym? If so, you could remedy the problem by bringing the gym to you, and, in particular, your basement.
Provided that its ceiling is high enough, your basement would make a terrific spot for a home gym. Install some rubber flooring, mount some wall-sized mirrors, enhance the lighting, and stock the room with whatever gym equipment you need. You’ll have a top-of-the-line workout room in no time.
No longer will you have to worry about dragging yourself across town. With a basement gym, your exercise sessions will be just a flight of stairs away.
3. Turn It Into a Bar
Like to entertain guests? Into alcohol? If so, you might consider turning your basement into a bar (or even just dedicating part of your basement to this idea).
You can adorn it with all of the necessities, including refrigerators, tables, barstools, and, of course, the bar itself. To give it an even more authentic touch, you could also stock it with a jukebox and pool table.
More of a wine connoisseur? Forget the bar altogether. Turn it into a wine cellar instead!
4. Turn It Into a Bedroom
Maybe you’re thinking about having another child? Perhaps you’re hoping to establish a dedicated area in which your guests can stay? If so, you could think about making your basement into an extra bedroom.
Once you’ve installed flooring and drywall, all we’d have to do is add a bed, a few side tables, and a dresser. If you want to go above and beyond with the remodel, you could even consider giving the bedroom its own bathroom. This would be a little more extensive project but is still possible.
5. Turn It Into a Studio
Do you like to paint? Maybe you’re a musician? If so, you could transform your basement into a studio.
A quiet basement is a great place to sit back and make visual art. It’s also a terrific spot for recording music, as it keeps outside noises to a minimum. Put down some appropriate flooring, establish some comfortable walls, and you’ll be golden.
6. Turn It Into a Theater
Are you a film enthusiast? Maybe you like to play video games? In either case, you might be interested in turning your basement into a home theater.
By adding carpet to the floors, recessed lights to the ceiling, and a few decorative flourishes to the walls, you can provide your basement with an authentic theater feel. Then, all you’ll have to do is buy your desired furniture and install the necessary equipment.
7. Turn It Into a Game Room
Do you have young kids? If so, you should consider turning your basement into a game room. By adding carpet, drywall, and insulation, you can transform your basement into a child-friendly space, making it a fun place for your kids to play.
Then, once the room has been made over, you can stock it with everything from ping pong tables, dolls houses, video games, bean bag chairs, lego tables and more. You can shape your basement to accommodate whatever your kids enjoy.
8. Transform It Into a Full Suite
The ultimate remodeling idea is to turn the basement into a suite, or, in other words, transform it into an apartment all its own. This would entail adding a kitchenette, a bathroom, a small bedroom area, and a small living room area.
Of course, this is heavily dependent on the size of your basement. If your basement is small, it might not accommodate all of these subsections. But there are a lot of benefits and possibilities if it’s got the size.
What would you do with such a room? You could just leave it for guests. But another option is to rent it out, either on a yearly basis or as day-to-day lodging through a platform like AirBnB.
Renting it out would provide you with substantial amounts of extra income. You could potentially pay off the renovation within just a few years using this additional income.
Looking to Set One of These Basement Remodeling Ideas Into Motion?
Do any of these basement remodeling ideas appeal to you?
We know it can feel overwhelming to start any renovation project when there are so many options out there. But if you work with us, then we’ll take a lot of the stress and guesswork out of the process for you.
If you are in Calgary and want to revamp your basement, we would love to help you. We help build on your vision to make it the best possible result. At the end of the project, we want you to say: “I knew what I wanted but it turned out so much better than expected.”
Contact us now to start the conversation.