Of all the spaces in our homes, basements are the most often overlooked. When it comes to renovating the basement to a livable space you can consider these tips to help. Most basements are damp, dark, and prone to mold. This puts a lot of us off from making the most of them. However, we shouldn’t let it, as basements have fantastic potential. It’s just a case of renovating a basement to be livable spaces; then there’s no limit to what you can do with them.
If you love the idea of using your basement for more than storage but aren’t sure how to go about it, don’t stress. I’ve got you covered. Below, are lots of tips, tricks, and ideas for renovating your basement into a beautiful extra living space.
Bring in a professional
The first thing that it’s essential to do is bring in a professional remodeling expert. Unless you’re a skilled builder yourself, it’s best to get an expert opinion about the condition of your basement. The last thing you want is to skip this step and renovate the basement space. Only to find a few months later that there’s a problem with it. That’s why it’s best to consult an expert beforehand, to ensure that anything that needs doing can be dealt with.
Ask the contractor what work needs doing. Such as waterproofing the space, for instance, as well as the price tag that will come with it. It’s also worth finding out how long any work will take to complete. This way, you’ve got an idea of the size of the job. Once you’ve spoken with the contractor, it’s time to call a professional interior designer, like All About Interiors. They will go over space planning, colors and basement decor. If done correctly, your basement can be as cozy and beautiful as the rest of the house.
Get inspired With Basement Remodeling Ideas
Once you know how much it will cost to get your basement into usable shape, the next step is to get inspired. You may already have a few ideas for your basement. Before you put them into practice, it’s worth taking the time to get inspired.
The chances are that there are lots of cute features you could add to your basement that you haven’t considered. So before you go ahead and get started with the transformation, take the time to get ideas. Then talk them over with your basement designer. Where’s best for inspiration and ideas? Interior design blogs, Instagram, Pinterest and Houzz are all fabulous.
Come up with a plan
Once you’ve got all the inspiration and ideas you need, the next step is to create a basement design plan. This shouldn’t only incorporate the design features, such as the paint colors, but also the furniture and any other features. Your basement renovation design plan should include all the changes that you want to make.
Say you’ve decided that a pastel-hued color scheme is best, note down the exact colors that you want to use. As well as where in the room you will be using them. If you’ve decided that instead of having sofas, you want giant Sack Daddy bean bags, write that down on your plan. Is there a certain TV you want to add to the space – make sure the make and model are noted down.
Play with light
Basements are renowned for being dark, dank spaces. However, that doesn’t mean that yours has to be. If you’re smart about the lighting that you incorporate, you can ensure that your basement has a wonderful look and feel to it. Even if there is very little natural light on offer. The key to success when it comes to lighting, is to make the most of any natural light.
The best way to do this is with the use of mirrors that reflect natural light back into the room. As for unnatural lighting, don’t opt for anything too bright. Instead, stick to lighting that creates a warm glow. For this, table lamps, fairy lights, and LED candles are ideal.
Want to make the most of your basement? Then, take note of the tips, tricks, and ideas above. Your basement can be just as wonderful as the rest of the house and you get some extra space without adding on… bonus!!
For more tricks of the trade, stay tuned to our blog. ~All About Interiors
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