Most new homes today come with unfinished basements – and while that may mean a little extra work and expense for the homeowner, if they wish to make the space more livable, it also means they have a huge opportunity. An unfinished basement is like a blank canvas – there are so many unique ideas for finishing basements – it’s an opportunity to let your imagination run wild.
The following are a few ideas for finishing your basement:
Do you love having movie nights with your friends and family? Then why not convert your business into a home theatre. Basements often provide the ideal space as you can have a lot of control over light and sound. Well away from bedrooms, you won’t have to worry about disturbing others in the house.
Digital projectors can even be installed to project your favourite films onto a blank wall or retractable movie screen. Have some fun by adding your own personalized concession stand!
Whether your teen or young adult children need more space or whether you frequently entertain, having an additional bedroom located in basement can give guests or family members that extra bit of privacy that they crave.
Depending on how much space you have to work with, you might even consider building a bathroom and kitchenette in order to have a basement apartment.
If you plan to use your basement as a place for entertaining, you might want to consider adding a bar. Basement bars can be designed to practically any taste from ultra-modern with stainless steel and funky lighting, to traditional wooden bars. Sports themes are also very popular.
If you have lots of space and plan on hosting larger groups of people, consider locating your bar close to existing plumbing, so you can include a sink and perhaps even a small dishwasher.
Whether you have small children, or you’re just a big kid yourself, a basement can be a great space for a playroom. For younger kids, floor mats can provide comfort and warmth while designated toy areas allow kids to permanently keep their latest Lego creation on display.
For big kids and the young at heart, consider adding pool or ping pong tables, dart boards, or an entertainment centre with gaming consoles.
Do your passions lean more toward the artistic? Another idea for finishing your basement is to create a space for your creative outlet, whether it be arts and crafts, dance or recording. Imagine having your own private space to work on your pirouettes or record your own music!
Many people enjoy working out in their homes, but exercise equipment can take up a lot of space. A basement provides the ideal solution, keeping workout machines and free weights out of sight in the rest of the home.
Flooring can be as simple as some matting, and walls can be finished with simple drywall with large mirrors to help you work on your from.
While there are some of the more common ideas for finishing your basement, they certainly aren’t the only ones. Ask yourself how you would like to use your basement.
Artisan Contracting can help you achieve your vision for finishing your basement. We serve the Hamilton, Oakville, and Burlington Ontario area.