Renovating a basement is a popular way to add living space to your home with minimal expense. As long as the basement doesn’t have moisture problems, it is easily converted into living space. What are the best uses of your basement a Calgary home renovations team could put in place?
Putting a desk, chairs and other office furniture into a bedroom doesn’t reduce a home’s value, though the noise of nearby occupants can make it hard to work. When you turn a bedroom into a home office though structural changes, you cause future buyers to strike that bedroom off the bedroom count as surely as they do when the master bedroom is turned into a master suite by giving up a smaller bedroom.
When you want a large home office with everything from storage units to workbenches to a server, it is better to renovate the basement to create the work space you want instead of trying to shoe horn it into a bedroom or hurt the home’s long term value with the renovation.
Game Rooms / Play Spaces
When your kids have taken over the living room, the weather may not allow for sending them outside to play. This is why renovating the basement to turn it into a place space or game room is popular. For younger children, the game room can include a play tables, small playhouse or tunnel and slide. For older children, you can put a Lego table, sand table and larger toys in the game room. There’s less hassle to clean up before company comes, since the toys stay (mostly) contained in the play room. Play spaces in the game room can evolve as the children grow up, turning into a big screen TV with video games when they become teenagers. When the kids are grown and gone, the game room is easily turned into a home theater for the adults and their company.
Moving to a larger house is an expensive proposition. Turning part or all of the basement into bedrooms and other types of living space is a much more affordable solution for accommodating a growing family. And a basement renovation is cheaper than adding on to the house, as well. Unlike attic conversions, you don’t have to replace the existing beams to support the weight of the occupants. Most basements have the eight foot clearance required to comfortably walk around, whereas many attics become uncomfortable after the floor is raised to accommodate the stronger structural members. You can build additional bathrooms downstairs, with a little planning and plumbing work.
Work with a Calgary home renovations expert to properly convert the dark damp basement into a cozy set of bedrooms.
Finished Utility Rooms
Renovating a basement to make your life easier can be a simple proposition. For example, redoing a basement to turn the corner containing the washer and dryer into a full fledged laundry room can make chores more bearable. Adding shelving for organized storage, drying racks and better lighting can make doing laundry easier.
Renovating a basement into a full fledged storage room can make sense, as well. Installing lighting, organizers and other items so you can safely store and readily find what you need can be a worthwhile investment, especially if you’ve been paying for a storage unit rental because the basement was such a mess or eyeing a new shed to hold your stuff because it seems the house can’t contain it all.