Even though the country is reopening, we’ve all had plenty of time to stare at the walls in every room in the house. For families desperate to create a new gathering spot that they’re not sick of being in, the basement offers plenty of potential. Here are a few projects to transform your [area] basement into a light-filled, inviting space for relaxation and fun.
If your family complains about hanging out in the basement because it’s too chilly, too damp, or just plain not cozy enough, this might be the perfect time to upgrade your heating, cooling, and ventilation (HVAC) system. Boosting the air efficiency in your home makes an immediate difference and your basement should feel just as comfortable as the rest of your [area] house. Check into multizone HVAC equipment and creating a separate zone for the basement that can be controlled by its own smart thermostat.
Lighten Things Up
Think of the word “basement” and the first thing that probably comes to mind is … dark. Luckily, this is one of the quickest and least expensive things to fix. Roll on a coat of fresh paint for instant impact. Wood paneling all but disappears under white or light-colored paint, making the room appear much larger. Many basements make do with lamps, but it’s worth paying more to illuminate your space properly. Use recessed lighting, it’s stylish, and it doesn’t take up precious space in the ceiling.
Create a game room
If you already have a separate room in your basement that can’t become a legal bedroom, that could make a pretty awesome gaming room your kids will thank you for. Paint this room dark and dramatic, throw in a few oversized bean bag chairs, and your kids may have a new favorite spot in your home. This setup is also perfect for watching movies, or for a man cave, where you don’t need much light.
Repurpose Your Wet Bar
If you’re lucky enough to have a finished basement that just needs a modern face-lift, there are affordable ways to do it. For example, remember when many basements featured a massive bar as a focal point? You can incorporate this into your remodel. Bars generally have pre-existing plumbing in them that can be re-routed. Add a new granite counter with seating, and then put in a kitchenette by adding a cooktop, a small refrigerator, and a sink. Having a kitchenette in the basement works especially well if you also have a bedroom and bathroom downstairs, as it makes the perfect guest suite.