In your home are you still trying to find extra space to put a spare bedroom, home office or play area for the kids? Your basement which is only being used for storage right now could be your answer.  Basements are an excellent way to add square footage to your home and utilize area that ordinarily would just sit.  Before you set up the space, look at these tips to see how to transform your basement first.  It will save you time and energy before you move the thousands of boxes that are down there!

  • Define what you want the space to become: When transforming your basement into an extra room there are decisions to decide on first. What do you want the space to become? An exercise room or home gym may only need adequate lighting, electrical outlets and ample space to place equipment. While a spare bedroom will need drywall put up over the concrete walls, flooring, lighting and aesthetic touches to make it a livable space that one would enjoy. This step is important to save you money.  Plan ahead to save money and time on the back end.
  • Purge and store: Now that your basement is going to house a living function you will need to go through the current boxes and storage items and purge. Determine if the items are still needed, or if they were just moved to the basement from your previous house. For the items you are keeping, find a home for them immediately. If they are truly storage items, for example holiday decorations and seasonal items, install an organization system.  This can be shelving, cabinetry, or creative storage solutions that look aesthetically pleasing.
  • Ensure your basement is safe: Since your basement is being converted into a living space, ensure that it is safe to house an extra room in. Many basements have water infiltration through the concrete walls or floor.  Cracks in the foundation can be caused from the house settling or a more serious problem like broken plumbing pipes or adjacent tree roots. For your peace of mind consider hiring a general contractor or home inspector to look at your basement before you start any renovations.  Any findings should be fixed thoroughly by a reputable contractor before moving on.
  • Convert your space: Once your space is safe it is time to transform it into your final space that you envisioned.  Get inspiration from interior magazines and online basement remodels to see what the possibilities can be for your space. Ask home improvement store personnel for help if you plan to do it yourself. If you’re hiring a contractor, explain in detail what you want with pictures if possible. When converting your space, ensure there is proper air and heating supply. Basements tend to stay cold if they are underground, therefore air conditioning may not be needed in some homes. Ensure electrical and plumbing meets code as well.

You have the ability to add on square footage and add value to your home with a basement remodel.  An extra room means more flexibility for your family and a higher return on investment for your pocket. Use the tips here to ensure your space is safe and comfortable and sit back and enjoy your new extra basement space. Just imagine how much more you can do now! Freshome reader’s have you remodeled your extra space in your basement? What do you use the space for now, we’d love to know!