Finishing your basement can give you an extra one-third of usable household space.
When you think of the cost of real estate today, that’s a pretty good deal.
Of course, if your basement is unfinished, you’re probably using it, just not as living space. And therein lies the challenge. And the stuff.
Can’t Find Anything
Is your basement stacked high with cardboard boxes, sports equipment and gifts your in-laws gave you that you don’t want but feel guilty throwing away? This stuff is taking up your living space. Ask yourself if you really need it.
If you do, consider stashing it in the attic, a shed or a storage unit.
Factor in Storage Space
When you finish your basement, you can still keep storage space for boxes of holiday decorations, clothes your kids will eventually grow into and other items you’re sure you’ll use one day. After all, your furnace and hot water heater will have to stay down there too, so you can earmark some space for storage.
What will you do with the rest of the space? You likely have ideas in mind already — a suite for your grown child or in-laws (hide those gifts!), a playroom for the kids, a rec room for adults, a home gym, a bar, a home theater, a man cave, a crafting space. The ideas are endless!
Finished Basement Floorplans
The footprint of your house will somewhat dictate how you can use your space. The basement of most ramblers will have more square footage than most colonials. With a rambler or a ranch, you might be able to have several rooms down there — a main area, an extra bedroom and a laundry/storage area.
Make sure you or your contractor checks local codes before building a bedroom, however. Certain rules must be followed due to fire codes, such as including adequate escape routes in case of emergency.
Also consider utilities. Will you want a bathroom in your basement? Most people do. Depending on the grade of your property, some basement bathrooms need pumps for the sewage. The size can vary, depending on if you just want a sink and toilet or a full bath and shower.
Electricity is also a consideration. Your basement likely is wired now, but today’s modern families require many more outlets than they did even 25 years ago, so make sure you plan for plenty in each room.
If you want a finished basement but don’t know where to start, call Falk Construction. We’re the experts in home building and remodeling, and we specialize in finishing basements.