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Basement functionality, renovation ideas and more

There are a wide variety of options for basement renovations you can choose depending on your vision or dream for the lowest room in your house. Everyone uses their basement differently. While some people use it as a storage space for clutter and assorted seasonal goods, others prefer to transform it into a cozy little studio, guest bedroom, craft space or bar area.


The basement contains all of the appliances, connections and conduits that help your house function as a home. Pipes run through your basement to produce running water and electrical wires help to power all of your appliances and electronic devices. The basement may also house your central climate control devices, which send heated or cooled air throughout your home.

Many people considering renovations to their basements are working with unfinished or partially finished rooms with just the essential infrastructure of the house. This means that the space can be transformed into almost anything. The basement can also become cherished hidden room where you spend time as a family or with guests. It can be given better lighting, shelves can be installed, furniture can be placed and additional walls can be built to create separate rooms. Mold or mildew remediation may also be necessary.

Renovation ideas

Consider the following ideas if you're looking to transform your basement or just spruce it up a little:

  • Transform the basement into a second bedroom or live-in suite (with or without bathroom). This may require installing plumbing for a bathroom, insulation, carpentry and masonry work as well as electrical wiring.
  • Create a media center with room for a projector TV. This will often involve running electrical wires as well as installing walls, a ceiling and flooring if they are not already there.
  • Build shelving on the walls to provide more storage space. This is a simpler job that may require putting walls up to affix the shelves to.
  • Paint the floors and walls for an easy partially-finished basement. Just get paint that will withstand a lot of abuse or weathering, especially if your basement isn't insulated.
  • Build a workshop, crafting space or indoor shed for garden supplies. This may involve installing shelves, tables and adequate lighting.
  • Create a bar or space for entertaining large numbers of guests. A bar requires plenty of furniture as well as a finished appearance, so walls, ceiling and floor may be necessary unless you are going for a rougher ambiance. You may need to run plumbing and electricity for an entertainment space.

Final Thoughts

Even the smallest change can improve the look and feel of a basement. Unfinished walls can be sealed and painted, a concrete floor can be covered with hardwood or fake wood planks, a ceiling can be added and the entire look and feel of the basement can change from grungy and dark to bright and livable. Consider a basement renovation today!

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