A basement has plenty of uses. It can be transformed to be another great living space. Think of it: with that much space, it could be the next lounging area, a library, an office or a guestroom. It doesn't need to be just another dumping area for your old stuff; nor can it be another breeding pace for pests and molds. An extra space like your basement has potentials. All it takes is some refinishing to make one of the most functional rooms in the house.
Finishing or refinishing a basement is the ultimate solution if you want to feel at least comfortable when you want to use it for a specific purpose. Doing this will allow you to enjoy your room. It also removes the musty, dirty and uneven spaces that used to make your basement look like a cave or a dungeon.
There are plenty of goals for refinishing: comfort, safety, beauty, functionality, etc. To start achieving these goals, you can tamper first the foundation.
No one wants to settle in room when it is chilly or too humid. Hence, your basement should be properly ventilated, insulated and conditioned. This way you can enjoy the room no matter what season of the year. Put some air conditioning but make sure you seal all gaps on walls and ceilings. This allows you to maintain the right temperature without having to use too much energy. Hence, this makes the use of energy in your home more efficient.
Another common problem seen in basements is dampness. You also have to take care of water leaks. If this area of the house has been musty and dampened at most of the time, then you have serious water leak problems that you need to discover and fix right away. Check your plumbing system and have them fixed right away. This is important as it can eliminate possible mold problems that can be truly a health hazard. After fixing the leaks, try to conceal the tubing or find a work around to allow your tubing to blend in your proposed design for the room.
Once taken care of all the foundation, you need to focus on the interior design. Here are some of the ideas:
Finish the flooring by installing tiles or carpets.
Paint the wall and put it some colors.
Play with lights and have different tones to have proper illumination depending on your demands.
Furnish it with appliances and furniture that could allow you to use the room according to its purpose.
You have the option to do-it-yourself or hire a handyman to fix up the basement. Just be prepared with the cost. If you want to do it on a budget, you can still make the basement wonderful. It is just a matter of artistry. In anyway, you need to address all of the mentioned to make your basement fully functional; other than being the next storage center of the house. Besides, it makes it safer place to dwell in.
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