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Basement Renovation Ideas

 

When you’ve got a spare living area lying around, it can be quite hard to figure out exactly what you want to do with it. This is usually the case with many of our clients who have an unused basement they are ready to start renovating. Clients often wish to renovate their basement for two main reasons:

 

  1. Increase Property Value

2. Improve Lifestyle

Property Value

 

When it comes to the valuation of your property, creating an additional bedroom has been reported to add more than 10 per cent to the value of your home. In fact, according to The Telegraph, that is approximately an addition of £300,000 on the average UK home. Nonetheless, it is important to note that any basement renovation is likely to significantly increase the value of a property. When endeavouring to do so, however, it is important to note that certain aspects need to be carefully considered and appropriately implemented.

For example, it is vital to think of how the basement’s lighting, which is usually minimal or non-existent, is going to create a desirable and valuable environment. Light wells are therefore an important factor when it comes to basement lighting and are known to effectively increase the value a basement is able to add to a home. This is because natural lighting is a valuable asset to have when it comes to property valuations. In the same vein, natural lighting is also an important factor to implement when renovating a basement in order to improve your lifestyle.

basement light well
basement light well
Many of our customers, with our help, are resorting to modern and minimalist finishes. The ideal modern basement balances functionality and aesthetics. The space needs to look good and feel warm, yet stay comfortable and live-able in such a way that it can be put to a variety of uses. Basement Builder offers a vast array of basement services which have been designed to meet and exceed our clients’ basement expectations.

Lifestyle

 

In regards to improving one’s lifestyle, there are many different living areas your basement can be turned into. In fact, the basement is an ideal space to transform into either a warm and welcoming area or a modern and minimalist stretch for you, your family and friends to thoroughly enjoy. Additionally, it allows you to explore ideas that you often can’t apply to your main living space.

For example, as well as the classic extra bedroom, office space, dining room, storage space, lounge area or studio room created to be rented out, all of which increase the value of your home, a basement can be transformed into a significantly jazzier space. Some examples we personally are fans of can be found below:

Basement Gym
basement gym
Having a home gym can not only save on the costs a family has when purchasing memberships to attend a public gym, but can also improve one’s lifestyle given the ease at which exercising is available. I’m sure we’re not the only ones who suffer from putting off going to the gym because it’s raining, cold or gloomy outside and the comfort of our own home is difficult to leave! Not only that, but sometimes it can seem difficult to leave the house for any other reason and a home gym allows us to exercise with ease and without any obstacles in our way.
Home Bar
basement renovation idea
Apart from the obvious stress-free and private environment a home bar provides for you and your guests to enjoy from the comfort of your own home, it is a great way to unite and impress your friends and family! Not only does it further cut costs in terms of the price at which you can have each drink given that public bars very often have quite highly priced drinks, but it allows for a place where you can enjoy yourself on a weekend night without having to deal with the hassle of coming back home after you and your friends have had a few to drink.
Home Theatre
home basement theatre
Apart from the obvious stress-free and private environment a home bar provides for you and your guests to enjoy from the comfort of your own home, it is a great way to unite and impress your friends and family! Not only does it further cut costs in terms of the price at which you can have each drink given that public bars very often have quite highly priced drinks, but it allows for a place where you can enjoy yourself on a weekend night without having to deal with the hassle of coming back home after you and your friends have had a few to drink.
Basement Pool
basement pool
If you’ve really got some space to fill out, a home pool can be a fantastic addition to a basement area. As opposed to an outside pool, a basement pool will be available for you to enjoy all year round. Whether it be because you’re a professional swimmer and could do with getting the most training out of your time or simply because a casual swim is an activity which brings you great pleasure, basement pools are significantly easier to install they people seem to deem. In fact, underground basements are an ideal setting for indoor pools given their concrete floors and no weight limitations on below floors or ceilings!
Basement Recreation Room
basement snooker room
Whether your recreation of choice is ping-pong (also known as beer pong to some), air hockey, foosball, snooker, pool, computer gaming, pin-ball or other arcade games, a games room is a fun and entertaining space to either enjoy by yourself or have your friends and family come round to enjoy with you! With so many different forms of gaming available, the different types of games genres for your room are endless especially when you have the ability to fill it up with a variety of different ones.
Basement Hobby Room
basement hobby room
Basements are great spaces to turn into areas where you and your family can enjoy your hobbies. Examples of these include home music, art or dance studios, arts and crafts room, instrument playing room, clay-making room, sewing room and much, much more of course! Having a hobby and finding space for it in your home can be challenging, especially when your hobby requires privacy or a considerable amount of space. Basement rooms dedicated to these hobbies are thus a fantastic idea to ensure your hobby is practiced often and doesn’t cause chaos in your household’s main rooms.
Children’s Study or Play Room
basement hobby room
Depending on the current layout of your home and you children’s age, turning a basement into either a play or study room may significantly improve a child’s lifestyle. Often, children can find it difficult to do their homework or study in spaces which have people, or other movement nearby, distracting them. In the same vein, both studying and playing in one room may also be distracting given that play rooms are often associated with fun, meaning concentrating in them can be a challenging endeavor for your child. Having separate spaces for your children to study and play can both give them improved mental clarity in order to work hard greater liberty to relax when they want to play and let their imaginations run wild.
Basement Spa Room
basement home spa
If you’re really looking to upgrade your lifestyle to a whole another level why not bite the bullet and transform your unused basement into a place of luxury and build your very own spa space. Basements are often transformed to include facilities such as saunas, hot rooms and Jacuzzis. Commercially, facilities such as these are known to be quite pricey and considered a once in a while luxury. Having them at home would mean you would have non-stop access to pampering yourself – which you fully deserve!
Wine Cellar
basement wine cellar
Calling all wine connoisseurs out there to start taking their passion, love and interest for wine a little more seriously by creating their very own home wine cellar! As a place to store and nurture your best wines, a home wine cellars allows you to protect your alcoholic beverages from potential harmful external factors and both maintain and improve their quality by providing necessary darkness and constantly regulated temperature and humidity. These conditions allow alcoholic beverages to improve in aroma, flavour and complexity as they mature! If you’re passionate over beverages such as these, a wine cellar is a go-to addition to your home and the basement is the perfect place to add one.
So that’s it folks, a few of our favorite basement conversion ideas! We’ve got much more we can discuss with you in regards to your basement renovation. We have an array of different basement services on our website, along with some great blog posts, for you to be able to have a browse of. To get in contact or ask any questions please feel free to submit a free quotation.