Basement finishing is a great way to add extra space to your home by cleverly utilizing the existing space you already have. Finishing a basement can be a fairly simple process and shouldn’t cost as much as building an extensive home addition. The basics are already there: walls, flooring, and probably some windows as well as electrical and plumbing.
So, once you decide to go ahead with your basement remodel, these are the basics that we at Planese have come up with for you to think about:
- Do you need to install plumbing?
- Do you need to install or re-wire the electrical circuits?
- Do you need a new furnace or air conditioner to meet the needs of this new space?
- Do you need to add new windows?
Once you have the basics worked out, you will need to plan how you want to use the space. What extra spaces does your family need? How will they fit in with the style of the house? Some common uses for a finished basement include:
- An ‘annex’ – a self contained set of rooms for visiting guests or older teens
- Kids’ playroom
- Game or rec room
- Home office
- Home theater
- Guest bedrooms
- Wine cellar
- Mud room
- Craft room
After you’ve decided on what you want to use the basement space for, you need to plan the layout. This is the most essential part of the design process and being thorough during this stage will ensure the best possible outcome for your basement remodel.
- Think about window placement. Most basements have at least one to three walls that have no windows, so if you don’t plan to add any then make sure you place rooms that don’t require windows on these walls. Bathrooms or even a home theater can be placed in these areas.
- Try to place extra bathrooms or your kitchen area underneath rooms on the main floor that already have plumbing. The less distance you need to run new plumbing, the more money you’ll save.
- If you’re going to have a multi-use basement then think about individual spaces in relation to each other. For example, placing the kids’ playroom right next to a guest bedroom isn’t the best idea! Also think about noise from rooms above: placing a bedroom under the entrance hallway will mean it is affected by the noise of people coming and going.
Once you have come up with the perfect basement finishing idea and created a set of room addition floor plans, you can get to work! Finishing a basement can help you make the most of the home you already have and you’d be surprised just how inexpensive the process can be.
For more information on how to save money when you remodel, check out our post on pre-built kitchen cabinets, and to help you plan your remodel, download our FREE Planese app and get help every step of the way with your remodeling project.