Dark, dank, and neglected basements are often overlooked as a potential area for family hangouts and additional living space. Working with an experienced contractor, a basement renovation can even help increase the home’s market value. An annual report from Remodeling Magazine showed that the average basement remodel has a 70.3 percent payback on the initial investment. Here are some of the more popular approaches to remodeling the basement.
Build Out a Family Space
The family room can attract family and friends any day or night and serves as a meeting place for holidays, weddings, birthdays, and more. The updated family room design can include a TV room with space for video games, ping pong, darts, and board games, as well as a Wi-Fi hot-zone for working on a laptop while kids do their homework.
Add a Bedroom
Another popular home renovation is a basement bedroom to serve visiting guests or an aging parent or relative. Among other roles, it can be a sanctuary for the family shift worker who needs quiet and privacy during the day. A basement bedroom should be designed around a window for adequate ventilation and should include sufficient closet space. Many homeowners opt to add a bathroom at the same time for increased functionality.
Make a Theater Room
Basement theaters are usually designed in three categories depending on the budget and preferences. The most intensive is a projection room with surround sound, remote control lighting, stadium seating, and leather recliners. A middle ground is a wall-mount TV with a sectional sofa and space for video gaming and entertainment. The most minimal and multi-functional option is a built-in entertainment unit with a large flat screen TV and components to hook up to a digital cable box, Blu-ray player, and gaming console.
Create a Bar
For those cold East Coast winters, homeowners won’t even have to leave the house to pay a visit to their favorite establishment. A home bar is ideal for casual visiting, family gatherings, entertaining, and special occasions. Additions like a mini-fridge, keg with a tap, or wine cellar make it feel even more official. Hanging cabinets for glasses, a washing sink, and plenty of counter space will complete the design.
Our team at WORKS by Jesse DeBenedictis has helped homeowners in the Beverly area transform their basements into multi-functional spaces built for the whole family. Browse our portfolio for more inspiration for your home or fill out our contact form to discuss your thoughts about remodeling your basement.