When you do work on your home, you want it to look spectacular. While it may take some time to complete renovations, you are willing to wait for a beautiful final product. However, you must plan ahead to get your desired outcome. Here is what to consider when finishing a basement.
Think About Your Theme
You likely have an interior design theme that runs throughout your home. Whether you prefer nautical or puritanical influences, you have tastes that influence your living spaces’ colors, patterns, and shapes. The same is true for all your renovations. Your theme will impact everything from your paint to your décor, so decide on a basement theme before finishing it up. Consider the concrete basement floor colors, the wood cabinet design, and the crown molding shape beforehand. With a color scheme and mood decided beforehand, you can work to cultivate the exact basement you want.
Get Creative With Your Space
Unfinished basements have relatively unlimited potential. They are uniquely open spaces that open opportunities for creativity. You can knock down non-loadbearing beams and walls for a more open floor plan. You could also build an extension onto an exterior basement door. Many contractors will give you an idea of what they would do, but push back a little and see if your dream sauna or game room is a possibility. When you get creative with your space, you end up with a plan that feels more authentic.
Keep Your Utility Room Untouched
Many people think that every room in their basement needs carpeting and drywall for a completed look. However, the utility room is the one space that should remain untouched. You need concrete floors and a bare wooden structure in case anything goes wrong. Your water heaters and HVAC units should have ample room to operate. If you ever need to repair these devices, or they break and leak fluid, you don’t want to soak the new carpet and rot out your baseboards.
Knowing what to consider when finishing a basement equips every homeowner to make the best decisions with their remodeling. There are few feelings as good as walking into your finished basement that looks and feels just as you intended.