Finishing your basement is a huge step. You have added great value to your home and added living space. This new space can be used as a gym, home office, master or guest bedroom, family room, music room, media room, or any other purpose you consider. There is a variety of questions asked before moving forward with a basement remodel.
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What Materials Should I Avoid When Finishing My Basement?
There are certain building materials and furnishings that are not recommended for your basement, as some building materials and furnishings can attract dampness and moisture causing mold, mildew and foul odors.
These can include any organic materials such as wood, paper, paint, drywall, carpet, and other similar items. The problem lies in their composition being the perfect breeding ground for mold upon the introduction of moisture! No one wants mold in the basement, so be careful in decorating and furnishing your basement-especially if it hasn’t already been waterproofed.
Wondering what kind of flooring is acceptable? Well, there are plenty of materials that look like wood and carpet, but are inorganic-perfect for the basement.
I want to hang drapes in my basement. What is appropriate?
Many homeowners tend to select drapes for their basement. They believe the drapes will be an added bonus to help keep cold air for entering the home in the winter months and warm air from entering the home in the summer months. This is true to some extent, but homeowners should avoid using heavy drapes, as heavier drapes are more likely to make your basement darker and retain dampness and moisture.
Are you tired of driving to and from the gym? Are you looking for a more convenient way to work out?
Then consider making your newly finished space a home gym or fitness center. It is one of the easiest transformations. Basements tend to be naturally cooler than the rest of your home. This is due to being partly underground. Basements tend to be spacious and wide open; which provides an ideal space for gym equipment.
A gym or fitness center in your basement could include a stationary bicycle, treadmill, a rowing machine or free weights. It would also be ideal for a larger weight room.
Enjoy yoga, boxing, kickboxing, or zumba? Have your basement finished and designed for any of these routines. Have the mirrors, mats, and maybe even a little nook to cool off and enjoy some water. Your friends will love this space! Maybe you’ll have to charge for weekly classes!
I don’t have the space or amenities in my home to invite people over? Could I really use my basement?
This is a very common problem amongst homeowners, but there’s a simple solution– you have a newly finished basement. If you are a homeowner and enjoy entertaining family and friends frequently, then it is a good idea to consider using your newly finished basement as a game room or lounge. A game room or social bar is very easy to install and essential for parties and family gatherings.
With just a few comfortable chairs, a couch and a big screen television, you’ll have a great place to relax without being disruptive to the rest of the family. For the game lovers in your family, consider adding a ping-pong table, dart board, pool table, air hockey table, and board or arcade games. A finished basement is the perfect location to host parties or social get-togethers in the event the weather is not the best.