Filling the Basement in Your House

Albeit basements are not a new addition to any house, it wasn’t until the 1950s that most people started making the most of them besides storage purposes and a place to hide from tornadoes or earthquake impacts. Nonetheless, not everyone has big plans for their basement right off the bat when building a house or buying one. It is common for most people to live in their houses for years without paying much attention to their basements. There is quite a lot you can do with the hole beneath your house. Let’s explore some of the options you have.

Safety First

The basement is not only connected to the foundation of the house but it may also contain key systems like the electrical system, water pipe systems, gas supply system, among others.

Considering that the water pipe system may be part of your basement, in case of any water leakage issues, the basement may not be a habitable environment or somewhere to store things that are sensitive to moisture. Moreover, if your basement is not waterproofed, the chances are that rainwater may find its way down there when it rains.

Some of the things you should consider before renovating your basement are its integrity and reliability. If you intend to use it as a storage, which you may probably be doing, at least make sure the area is waterproof.

If you plan to turn your basement into living quarters, consider the integrity and safety of any critical systems down there.

Extension

Most people will consider just doing a complete makeover of the basement by removing trash, doing some painting, and investing in some furniture to make the place aesthetically pleasing. Nevertheless, few will consider extending the basement by digging to introduce more vertical space or a higher ceiling.

It is an expensive option that may cost around $50, 000 plus, but worth every penny if you can afford it. It’s like adding an entire floor beneath your house. If your house covers a good portion of land, you’ll have so much room you may not know what to do with it; but I’m sure you’ll figure out something.

Another Bathroom

One of the options you may find appealing as a transformation for the basement is having basement development professionals turn it into a game room. You could add a poker table, a pool table, a table tennis table; or get a big screen TV/ monitor, your favorite gaming console, and comfortable couches to turn it into a video game room. A lounge is also a good idea for a basement.

One of the things all the above ideas have in common is that they involve people spending a lot of time engaged in the basement. Rather than people going up and down repeatedly, installing a bathroom down there is a good addition.

Endless Possibilities

In the previous sections, I’ve mostly focused on things most people may not consider but that may be useful options for the basement. In this section, I’ll list a few ideas for basement remodeling. I’m sure you’ll know something you can explore further when you see it.

  • Storage
  • Wine cellar
  • Living room
  • Bedroom
  • Computer workstation
  • Home theater
  • Home office
  • Basement bar
  • Laundry Room
  • Gym
  • Kids playing pen
  • Kitchen
  • Rental Apartment
  • Lounge
  • Game Room

It’s not necessarily about creativity; it’s about what you want. Leave the creativity to the designers. The main concept is that anything you can turn a room into, the same can be done to your basement. Decide what you want to transform the basement into, get the professionals, and let them do the magic.

If you are thinking of remodeling your basement to something more useful or just improving it to fulfill its current purpose even better, I hope you’ve acquired some ideas about how to best approach it. You can go anywhere you want with this if you take your time. I’ll leave you with two things; safety first and the rest is up to your imagination.

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