Do you want a finished basement, but you’re worried because you don’t have much space?
Styles of homes such as ramblers and ranches offer more space in the basement because their square footage is spread out more. They are generally a single story, unlike other styles of houses such as colonials. Cottages and cabins tend to have smaller footprints as well.
But that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth it to finish this part of your home. In a traditional two-story colonial, your basement is a third of your home, and you don’t want to give it up or relegate it to holiday ornament storage, washers and dryers and glue traps for bugs.
Some colonials have enough basement space for a bedroom and a recreational area, while also allowing room to wall away the HVAC equipment and water heater. But what are your options if you have less space than that?
First, let’s be clear about what you won’t have room for, namely, a home theater, a separate apartment, a 10-piece sectional sofa and perhaps a pool table. But there’s so much you can do with the space!
Home office — You can build a home office in a walk-in closet, and in fact, many people have, so you can construct one in a small basement.
With the proliferation of laptops, all you technically need room for in a home office is your lap. But most of us want more than that. We want a space to keep our paperwork, receipts, office supplies and pictures of our kids, dogs and cats.
You can simply finish the area and bring in a desk or other furniture, or have shelving built in. In a particularly narrow space, you can store a stool under the desk and bring it out only when you need it.
Home gym — A lot of gym equipment is designed with space-saving in mind. All-in-one type machines that work every muscle are available in almost every shape and size. Add a bench and a wall of mirrors, and you’ll be ready for your first workout.
If you have room, you can add a piece of cardio equipment. A stepper or a bike will likely take up less room than a treadmill. You can find small treadmills, but they are often too small to be as useful as you may envision.
Playroom — If you have children, you know a playroom can be as small as a blanket tented over a couple of pillows, so you can’t go wrong with size.
Consider a wall of built-ins to store toys and games. If nothing else, this will unclutter the rest of your home. Use the other wall space to create scenes that spur children’s imagination, like castles, ships and outer space. To keep up with children’s changing tastes, consider using different peel-and-stick designs.
Whatever you envision for your unfinished basement space, Falk Construction can help. We specialize in basement, kitchen and bathroom remodels, and we are general contractors too. Call us today for more ideas for your soon-to-be-finished basement.