Maxwell Building Services: Basement Refinishing Keeps Your Space From Going to Waste
You may have extra space in your home that you are not using to its full potential. Basement remodeling allows you to increase your home’s value by maximizing the area available. The basement is a versatile space, and only your imagination limits the practical uses to which you can put it. However, basement refinishing can be tricky, and it can be very helpful to enlist the services of a professional to ensure the job is done right.
Uses for a Finished Basement
The basement is a blank slate that can become almost anything you and your family require. Do you need more space for family activities? Your basement can transform into a rec room. Do you need an extra bedroom for guests when they come to visit? Basement remodeling can provide a comfortable space. Do you need an area to do crafts? The basement can become a hobby room. Do you need a dedicated area to work from home? The basement offers you a potential tax deduction by transforming into a home office.
Here are some other popular ideas for ways to use your finished basement:
- Home Gym: Work out in safety and privacy
- Basement Bar: Entertain friends and neighbors
- Home Theater: Show movies on a big-screen TV
- Downstairs Apartment: Earn some extra income by renting out a separate living space
Advantages of Basement Remodeling
Even if the zoning restrictions on your property do not allow you to build an addition, remodeling the basement allows you to add more functional space to your home, increasing it by at least 33%.
Remodeling the basement is an investment that can offer a significant return of approximately 75%. If you eventually decide to sell your home, a finished basement can make your home very attractive to potential buyers. This is despite the fact that you may not be able to count the finished basement as livable space when listing it for sale.
A basement remodel allows flexibility and scope for creativity in bringing your vision to life. It is not necessary for it to match the upstairs, so your basement can become whatever you imagine it can be. High-end finishes are neither expected nor desired in the basement, so you may be able to save a little money on your remodel compared to what you would pay on an upstairs project.
Considerations for Basement Refinishing
The first step in remodeling a basement is to decide what you want to use it for once it is finished. Any remodeling project requires planning beforehand, but for the basement, it is especially important to decide how you are going to get around any obstructions and how you will make the best use of natural light, or the lack thereof. For example, a home theater should be in a dark corner of the basement to avoid glare on the screen, but a social area should be near a window to create a bright atmosphere that draws people in.
You also need to make sure that your remodeling project is in compliance with any applicable building codes. For example, if you put a bedroom in your basement, you need an egress window to allow the occupant(s) to escape in the event of a fire.
You also need to take the ceiling into consideration. You can choose either a drywall ceiling or a drop-ceiling, but you need to allow the minimum clearance, which is at least seven feet.
Basement Remodeling in Macomb and Oakland County
There are many more considerations to make when planning to remodel your basement. Contact us at Maxwell Building Services, and our fully licensed and insured staff can design a comfortable, functional space compliant with all applicable building codes and consistent with your vision.