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Basements with Flair

Looking for space to put an exercise room, entertainment center, playroom?  Go underground.  If your home has an unfinished basement, remodeling might be a great way to transform this commonly under-used space.

When considering a basement remodel, start by making a floor plan.  As you do, be sure to mark the location of your furnace, washer, dryer and any other large appliances.  Take notes on:

  • Access to the basement from upstairs and outside
  • Where plumbing is already located if you want an additional bathroom
  • Where vertical support columns are located
  • Location of windows and doors
  • Floor/ceiling/wall materials
Walk out crawl space becomes livable area

With constant contact with the earth, basements are vulnerable to dampness, making basement remodeling a bit more complex than first meets the eye.  We’ll help you take appropriate measures to ensure a room free from moisture.

Most basements have low ceilings and few windows.  If considering a bedroom in the basement, make sure you have a means of egress (way out in an emergency).   There are many creative ways to make your basement light and airy.  Talk to us about the variety of wall and ceiling lighting options available.  We’ll help you make sure that appropriate electrical lines are provided from the beginning.

Here are some of the tricks-of-the-trade in making your underground space first class.

  • Stay away from dark wood paneling and instead consider drywall painted in light tones to make the room brighter.  Matt paint will gently reflect even more light into the room and is much easier to touch up at a later point, if necessary.
  • Open the visual space.  Double doors – even glass double interior doors – take away the typical cubical look.  Or how about a rounded archway or pass-through area from one room into another.
  • Check to see if existing windows can be enlarged.  Or, consider installing a small boxed window for a mini-garden to grow herbs or start plant seedlings.
  • Built-in bookcases and entertainment units add a richness and depth to a room.  Light them with either interior lights of from to the to case light upwards.
  • Disguise vertical support beams, and horizontal ceiling pipes or floor joists by boxing them in.  Or, you might decide to actually use pipes and beams as interesting accents by painting them with bold colors or with subtle earth tones.

An unfinished basement is much like a diamond in the rough – unexplored splendor awaiting your discovery.

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