basementOne of the least used rooms in a home is the basement. Sure, it’s not an individual room in itself, it’s a huge space under a home with stairs from the ground floor down into it. This means that you get to be creative with the space that you have available to you. Many people choose to use basements as a space for the fuse box and the storage boxes that don’t fit into the attic, but there is so much more that you can do with the space available than that!

There are a few restrictions on being able to change up your basement. Sometimes, this is because of the ceiling height, a limit to the natural light that floods through and relative inaccessibility to the area. Using a backup sump pump is always a better idea to prevent a flooded basement. You can bring in companies like to clear out any water damage and damp to give the basement a freshen up, but ultimately you have to make a plan about what you want to do with the space. If you want to convert your basement entirely, always hire in an expert; you can’t raise ceilings and install electronics on your own! There are probably hundreds of ways that you can alter your basement to fit what you want from it, but here are our top three ways to change your basement.

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Annexe. One of the best ways that you can add value to your home is to convert your basement into a self-contained apartment/annexe. This is particularly good if you have a teenager in the home, as they can live in a space that is their own, away from younger siblings. They get to have some independence but still be tied to the home. Annexes are living, cooking and bathing spaces and can be so worth the electricity and plumbing expenses.

Games Room. It’s one of the most popular choices for families, but a games room can have social spaces and large table games like pool and foosball. You could even build and install a bar with a couple of refrigerators to make it far more social down there!

Utility Space. Unless you already have an area in the kitchen or an upstairs cloakroom that is dedicated to laundry, building your own space downstairs could be the best way to create space upstairs instead. You could have your appliances, iron and ironing board and a hanging space downstairs along with the space for scrubbing boots. You should always install the best quality units that you can find, because you’re going to be introducing drying downstairs, and you need it to be worth the money, so that they don’t get ruined. Make the area well-lit and well-ventilated, too.

Your basement could be a huge selling point for your home should you ever decide to put it on the market. The ideas can be limitless if you want the space to work for you, it’s all about stamping your personality onto the room and making it everything that you want it to be.


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