Many older houses have got basements. And many homeowners completely ignore them, aside from perhaps dumping old furniture and other bulky items when we’ve run out of storage space. For many of us, thinking of basements conjures up images of horror films, and if you were to walk into a dark, damp, unloved basement unprepared, you might feel a twinge of terror. But, this is a tragic waste of space. Your basement is a huge area of your house that has many uses and if well converted can make a beautiful space, without any horror film connotations. Here are six fantastic ways to use the area.
If you don’t fancy having to do too much to the basement, a wine cellar could be the perfect solution. Have a nice flooring installed but leave the brickwork exposed and just add some shelving and perhaps a table and chairs for tasting.
Renovating your basement to create a dining room takes a little more work, and you may want to check out Evolution Money for financing options as well as seeking a home improvement company. But, you could quickly create a trendy dining room, perfect for welcoming guests to your home. This could be the ideal solution if you enjoy cooking and hosting dinner parties.
When we are looking at expanding our families, we often consider a loft conversion to add an extra bedroom to our homes as a way to avoid having to move. But, we rarely think about the basement. Perhaps because of the lack of natural lighting down there. Depending on the position of your home, you could add a window to the space. A basement can make a cosy bedroom, especially cool for teens who want to show off when they bring friends home. Just remember to get some heating installed.
More and more of us today are working from home. Even those that don’t, often spend time working from home, or pursuing hobbies and interests that can make us a little extra cash online. While working from home can seem like an ideal solution, many people find it hard to concentrate on work with so many distractions. So, they seek to add a home office. If you don’t have a spare room to use, your basement could be the perfect option. Lighten the room with bright lighting and white walls. You could even add a toilet or a small kitchen area so that you don’t have to keep coming upstairs, breaking your concentration.
A basement is also an excellent solution if you have a keen interest in art, music or photography and need a quiet space to work. All you need for this is to clear the area out, add some lighting options and a heater, and then a large table and any equipment that you need.
A basement can easily turn into a gorgeous, cosy library space. Line the walls with shelves full of books, add some lighting options and a small reading nook with some comfy seating and a table for a drink. Perfect.
Whatever space you’ve got in your basement, utilise it. Don’t make the mistake of leaving it to ruin.
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