Finishing the basement is one of the best ways to expand your living space.  It can be a pretty complicated process, so it is wise to leave it to a professional-trained contractor…like, us (wink, wink — nudge, nudge)!  Here are some basement finishing ideas and things to keep in mind.

 

THINGS TO PAY ATTENTION TO:

Waterproofing – applying a concrete sealer will make the basement a more usable, safe and odor free area.

Insulation – proper insulation is important in creating a comfortable dry basement – it keeps the cold air out and prevents condensation.

Heat source – adding a second heat source like a fireplace or floor warming system is a good idea.

Basement Finishing Design Ideas

Hobby area

Personalize the space to match your hobbies like games, crafts or a play area for the kids.

Wine cellar

If you are a wine connoisseur, your basement is a perfect place to store your collection of wines.

Home gym

Make use of your exercise equipment by creating your own personal gym.

Wet bar

Ideal for entertaining — no need to tip!

Home theater

Get the same feeling of being at the cinema with a large screen, theater system & comfortable chairs.

Artificial light

A mix of indirect and recessed lighting with open the space up and allow for a variety of lighting moods.

Light colored finishes

Help brighten the space up or use a mixture of light and dark to create shadows similar to main levels.

Bright accents

Add cheer and drama with bright furniture or accent pillows, rugs and artwork.

Relocate laundry

A laundry area in the basement will free up space on the main level.

Mirrors

Mirrors, mirrors on the wall will make the space appear not as small.

natural light

Add more light in from outside with new windows or enlarge the existing ones. Creating expansive window well retaining walls also do the trick.