If you find that you want to change your basement into another space every time you enter the area, it’s time to think about room conversion. Of course, this will take a considerable amount of preparation and you’ll need to have a clear plan for the elements you want to add and the final result of the renovation project. Here are some tips to remember when you want to make the basement one of the most attractive features in your home.
When it comes to remodeling the basement, post installation and stair railing are important parts of the project. These redesign elements are fairly simple, and you may be able to do it yourself if you have a finish nailer and some quality wood glue. If you’re installing new railing for the remodel project, some careful planning to help you complete the project efficiently. If you’ve got large furniture pieces that you want to include in the basement, don’t build the railings right away. Bring the large pieces into the basement space first so that you won’t have more difficult time getting furniture into the basement space.
It’s also a great idea to add carpeting if the basement is significantly colder than the rest of the home. Quality carpet is best, so if you have to adjust your remodel completion timeline to make sure that you get the right carpet; know that the adjustment will be well worth it in the long run. Quality carpet helps to insulate the room and make it comfortable to walk in the space. This is essential if the basement will be converted into a bedroom, since a room that is too cold can be very uncomfortable to sleep in and could lead to health issues.
Remember that deciding to remodel your basement instead of adding a room to the main area of your home will almost always be more cost-effective. This is because the basement is already an existing space, so you’ll spend about $70 per square foot for the remodel as opposed to $100 per square foot to build a space from the ground up. It’s also a good idea to make sure that your basement coordinates with the rest of your house. This will make it easier for you to create a living room or den in the basement, since you’ll already have the color scheme and decorative theme from your main level living room to use as a template. An extra den or entertainment space is also a great idea if you entertain guests often or if you kids always have friends over and you want to make sure that the main level of your home doesn’t get too much foot traffic.
Don’t forget that you can also use recycled materials to help remodel your basement. Your local hardware store often has overstocked or gently used items at discounted prices and these tools and building materials could help you save money on the renovation project. This is also an environmentally safe way to get a beautifully finished basis.