There are two good reasons to remodel your basement. The first is to create more usable living space for your household. Another good reason is to use the space to make money. Remodeling a space can also increase the value of your home, but this depends on how well you complete the basement remodeling job and whether you use value-enhancing strategies.
Consider Renovation Reason
Why do you want to renovate your basement? Will you move a grandparent in so they can age in place for the rest of their lives? Is an adult child moving home? Do you need a home office or laundry space? Is the plan to increase the house value so you can sell it? Consider your reasons carefully and plan accordingly.
Create a Design
Basements are a fun space to renovate and homeowners often take their time completing it. This can lead to a haphazard design and the need to double-back and make changes. Once you determine your reason(s), create a basement remodeling plan that accommodates your needs and desires. Then, stick to it. Create a contingency plan in case things do not go as planned.
Keep It Light
Basement spaces get less natural light than the spaces in the rest of your home, so plan ahead for this. Use lighter colors, but you do not need to stick to white. Be creative and build something that makes you comfortable and happy.
Basements are built from concrete, so echoing can be a problem. Sounds tend to travel downward, so this can further amplify sounds above, such as heavy footsteps. Soundproofing can make the space more functional and comfortable for work or play.
Basements are not the deep, dark holes people often envision. They can be bright, airy, comfortable and highly functional spaces. It all depends on how you handle your basement remodeling process.