You paid for your house — every square foot of it — so why aren’t you using all of it? This is a question homeowners often ask themselves right before they decide to finish their basement.
Years ago, basements were dark, damp places that were havens for spiders and dirty laundry. But no more. Today’s basement include anything from a game room to a home theater to an exercise room to a separate apartment — you are limited only by your imagination.
Staying Home Has Never Been This Fun
Your first determinant should be how you want to use the space. Are you new young marrieds? Maybe you’re thinking wine cellar, cozy fireplace, flat-screen TV and surround sound? Maybe you love entertaining and are thinking of a full bar, tricked out in mahogany, complete with stools? You’d have enough room left over for a pool table and a dartboard. Think of the money you’d save by not going out anymore!
Maybe you’re a health fanatic and you want to fill your space with a treadmill, a Bowflex, free weights and mirrors to view your six-pack from different angles.
Playrooms Not Just for Kids
For couples who have started a family already and are finding mountains of toys rapidly replacing their living space, a basement playroom is the perfect solution. Built-in storage shelves and bins will tame those mountains of pink plastic Barbie furniture and Hot Wheels cars. While you have the guys with hammers and nails there, consider having a play house built in as well. It will be much more attractive than the tiny plastic ones they sell in stores. Save money by decorating with kid-sized furniture from Ikea, or splurge and get the entire wooden kitchen play set from Pottery Barn Kids.
But really, why give all the space to the kids? Maybe your basement should be a man-cave. Think couch with recliners, plasma TV and a mini-fridge stocked with beer and snacks. Add a bathroom and there’s no reason to leave!
Don’t let the men have all the space though — women need some too, and not just for the washer and dryer. How about a dedicated space for sewing or crafting? Or a home office, to get away from all the noise? Or, better yet, a nice place to relax, like a spa?
If you expect your kids to come back and live with you when they’re finished college, the basement would be the perfect place for them, especially if it has its own entrance. You’d hardly know they were there if it weren’t for the food missing from the fridge. Once they eventually move out, the space can be used for visiting relatives or even to rent out for extra income.
The possibilities are endless. Call Falk Construction, Inc. or FCI today to discuss finishing your basement. With more than 30 years of service in the Ogden area, Falk can help you make your remodeling dreams come true.