Basement conversions are popular because its existing space that’s usually wasted space. Sure, you might store a bunch of things in the basement or it might serve a dual purpose as a laundry, but typically, it’s not livable square footage. That’s a shame because with a basement conversion, you can increase your home’s value while enjoy a dedicated space for this or that. You can make it into a space for your hobby, a home office, or to serve a combination of purposes.
Top Basement Conversion Ideas
And, if it’s a walk-out basement, you can even transform part of it into a useful mudroom, complete with accessories. What you need to do first is to look at what’s most advantageous but is simultaneously in general demand. In other words, a basement conversion that has widespread appeal so it acts as a resale feature. So, you must avoid transforming it into something that’s over-personalized and over-customized or it will act as a big buyer objection.
Do you feel like your home is shrinking? Are the kids growing up and accumulating more stuff? Is your teenager demanding a room of his own? Has the college grad come back to the nest? Are you looking to provide room for an elderly parent or rent out space to help makes ends meet? Regardless of the reason, the space solution may actually be right under your feet. —Bob Vila
When you start planning a basement conversion, be sure to look at the condition of the space. You might need to replace worn out stair treads for safety, function, and style. Or, have to install material to combat moisture, as well as insulation to keep the space comfortable. Unless you are an experienced builder, you should get at least three estimates from licensed and professional contractors. You’ll also need to decide on what purpose the space serves. So, here are some of the top basement conversion ideas to consider:
- A functional utility space. A laundry room, with a small kitchen, plenty of additional storage is a great functional utility space that’s perfect for a large family. Or, convert it into a commercial kitchen space if you’re in the catering business. The point here is to provide function, not necessarily style.
- A fun game room. Families with children and adults who like to game will love a fun game room space. This doesn’t require a lot of reworking or new system installation. But, you can certainly add a bathroom and/or perhaps a mini corner kitchen.
- A full-sized apartment. Why not earn a bit of passive income from your basement? You can do so by converting the basement into an apartment. Depending on the size, it could be a studio apartment, one bed, one bath or even a two bedroom, 1-, 1 1/2- or 2-bath apartment.
- A media entertainment room. You can opt to make it into a media entertainment room, complete with a larger-than-life television, state-of-the-art sound and more bells and whistles. By soundproofing it, the basement becomes a real entertainment oasis that won’t disturb the rest of the house.
- A living and guest room. Another option is to transform the basement into a living and guest room or a guest suite. It’s great to give your guests privacy and provide them with all the comforts of home.
Before you start a basement conversion, phone 800-433-1094 or visit Haul Junk Away to schedule construction and remodeling debris removal. We’ll help keep your home improvement project on-track so you don’t have to take time out to do it on your own.