Basement Remodels Improve Your Home’s Resale Value
- Inexpensive extra space. Remodeling your basement is an excellent way to exploit the space you already have. A basement remodel adds a floor of quiet, private space for a fraction of what you’d pay to build an addition. And unlike an addition, basement remodeling won’t diminish the size of your yard.
- Excellent return on investment. Finishing all or part of your basement is a surefire way to increase the value of your house. A basement remodel ranks right up there with kitchen and bath remodeling in terms of improving a home’s resale value.
- Energy savings. Many unfinished basements have too many air leaks and too little insulation. As a result, the basement can waste energy and compromise the comfort of upstairs living space. Adding insulation and super-efficient windows in the basement will improve your home’s comfort while saving money on heating and cooling costs. There’s a bonus for upgrading your basement’s energy efficiency: You may qualify for rebates for certain energy upgrades.
Eliminate moisture problems in the basement. Moisture can really do a number on a basement. Basement can let in an average of 18 gallons of moisture each day. Here are some telltale signs of moisture problems:
- Musty odors
- Rust on metal surfaces
- Peeling paint
- Discolorations on walls and ceilings
Double-check Building Codes. Different areas have different building codes. For example, if you build a home and don’t finish the basement, you don’t need to waterproof the exterior of the foundation walls. However, if you want to finish the basement a year later, basement walls will require a waterproofing treatment. Consult with your builder and check with your local building department before you begin to work on your basement.
Accentuate the positive. While your basement doesn’t have as much natural light as the rest of the house, it does have a solid floor that can be used for many things such as: an ideal base for a pool table, arcade games, a treadmill and weightlifting equipment. Feeling artistic? Instead of trying to hide some of your basement’s exposed joists and ductwork, you can paint these features to create an industrial, loft-like theme.
Consider all the possibilities. It’s worth it to spending time collecting design ideas that can help you envision the new living space you’ll be creating so that it is perfect for you. Take advantage of our professional basement design consultation. And make sure to check out our photos of finished basements.
Aim to finish the entire basement. Besides the added cost of finishing the entire basement, you will need to leave a utility area where tools, luggage, and seasonal items can be stored. Your money will be better spent creating a premium-quality space in a more limited area.
Overlook lighting. Since there’s not much natural light coming in from outside, a finished basement needs a well-designed lighting scheme. LED or CFL lights, integrated into a finished ceiling, provides excellent general-purpose lighting that’s also energy efficient. You may also want to add a special light fixture, such as a decorative lamp over a pool table or a small spot light aimed at a dart board.
Skimp on the details. The little things you do when designing your basement will stand out and turn it into a room that everyone wants to be in. When you add some decorative lighting around a seating area, put up some photos around your home office space, or hang a large mirror on the wall of your gym area it add to your new finished basement. You can even give the room a theme. Installing a basement bar? Put in a retro jukebox and hang old record albums on the walls. Don’t neglect finishes that you’d use for the rest of your house, either. Bob Villa suggests adding things like crown molding to make the room look more complete.
Be afraid to express yourself. This new living space is yours, so go nuts! Make it whatever you want it to be. Take your basement down a funky route by adding bean bag chairs, beaded curtains and a lava lamp, or add sports memorabilia so you can host Superbowl and World Series parties for years to come.
Whatever you decide to do, let us help! Our company is a great place to start your basement design project with. Search through our company’s site for great design tips and to schedule a no cost, no obligation, design consultation.