Do you feel like the basement is an underused space in your home? Feeling like all that room could be good for something more than storing Christmas decorations? Think you have enough square footage to earn some income back? If so, it may be time for you to remodel your basement; you may have even moved into a home, or built a home, that does not even have a finished basement yet. There are many benefits to adding this vital living space to your life.
Private Family Room
The beauty of putting your most lived-in family room in the basement is that it doesn’t always have to be presentable. When people visit your home they may expect your main floor to be immaculate, however, when they get into your living quarters, it is more acceptable to have some games out or a loose blanket. Having a family room in the basement allows you to put down some industrial carpet and let those kids go crazy with their toys and games. It can be a fun place for your teenagers to have slumber parties while offering easy clean-up.
This can be a huge draw for people to remodel their basements. Installing big screen tvs, deluxe sound systems and attractive lighting can make it a desirable place for gamers and movie lovers. There is also the option of having a table with storage for card and table games; no more worrying about putting the puzzle away! Having less expensive carpet in the basement allows people to enjoy popcorn and drinks while playing games, without stressing you out over the potential spills.
In home work out rooms are becoming more and more popular. By finishing your basement, you can create an attractive place to run on the treadmill or climb the stair stepper; no need to worry about finding time to get to the gym! You should have plenty of space to set up the machines of your choosing and can comfortably use them without disturbing anyone napping upstairs. There is also the potential to rig up some soothing music on the sound system and enjoy some relaxing yoga.
If you are looking to get a little extra income out of your home, finishing your basement into an apartment is an ideal way to do so. If you are renting to friends or family, it is fine to have them enter through the home, however, you may want to consider adding an exterior entrance so they can come and go without disturbing your life. It can also give them some privacy and allow them to feel free to come and go as they please. Be sure to have all amenities included in the basement apartment, such as bathroom, kitchen and laundry services.