Repurposing an unfinished basement as a living space can seem like an overwhelming project at first. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to partially finish your basement that will save on costs while still providing the comfort and functionality of a totally finished basement. Here are some great tips to get you started:
- Partitioning Rooms
Sometimes you may want to have separate rooms in your finished (or partially finished basement), but building internal walls can add substantially to the cost of the renovation and limit the future functionality of your space. A versatile and low cost solution is using stylish, movable room partitions that allow you to utilize space however you want without making permanent, expensive changes.
- Using Paint to Create a Polished Look
Paint is your new best friend when it comes to finishing a basement. Lower ceilings can pose an issue, especially if you are considering adding a full ceiling or drop ceiling as part of the renovation. But an exposed ceiling can look quite stylish when it is repainted and is part of an overall polished look. Likewise, painting basement walls rather than installing studs and drywall can lower costs considerably without breaking the bank.
- Establish Focus
A basement is no different than any other living space in that you will want to create a focal point for your design in order to make the room more appealing and comfortable. Design around your focal point by using graphic rugs, bookshelves or large, cozy furniture and you’ll have a relaxing new space in no time.
- Use Color and Light to Your Advantage
Because basements tend to be darker than other parts of the house, the use of light colors can open the space up and make you forget you’re even in a basement. Consider painting the ceiling white or utilizing mirrors and other light surfaces to help with this illusion.
The last thing you want to do is spend your time and money on renovating your basement only to find that work ruined because of moisture seepage. Even if your basement has not had problems in the past, it’s worth considering getting your basement waterproofed before renovating. That way you don’t run the risk of future problems (now masked by your remodel) undoing all your hard work.
- Ask a Professional For Guidance
At Rebuilding Michigan, we have the knowledge and expertise to bring your basement renovation dream to life. We’ve seen it all and can create custom solutions based on any priority or budget. Call us today at 800-786-0100 today for your no obligation free quote. We’re here to help and can’t wait to help you create your dream space in your home.