Like many homeowners, you may think of the basement as a storage area—the place to keep seasonal items or housing utilities like the water heater & electrical panel. Structurally, basement walls typically form the foundation. However, a basement remodeling project can transform “storage” space into functional additional living space for your whole family. Imagine your possibilities; an extra room for guests or a home office, a family game room, or even an adult entertainment area are just a few ideas.
Proper planning is essential to create a basement living room area successfully.
First, consider moisture.
Finishing a basement without first dealing with possible moisture issues can result in potential future problems.
Adding a dehumidifier or an interior coating to the walls is less expensive but is usually only a temporary solution. However, a good starting point to combat this issue is to evaluate gutters, downspouts, and surface grading. Correcting problematic issues with rainwater and surface drainage can quickly resolve some basement water problems.
Additionally, you’ll want to think about lighting.
Additionally, you’ll want to think about lighting, especially if the room lacks natural light sources, as many basements do.
Recessed lighting is an excellent choice because it doesn’t take up valuable overhead space. Plus, it’s easy to install with a drop ceiling. Many rooms, but especially the basement, benefit from a combination of lighting fixture types. Combining recessed lighting, which adds broad illumination with adjustable floor lamps, helps illuminate shadowed areas. Likewise, accent lighting, such as built-in shelving or cabinetry, highlights areas in your basement. Try mounting a wall sconce directly above built-ins to focus light downward to draw extra attention.