Thursday, June 19, 2014

3 novel uses for a basement

Because they’re often left unfinished, many homeowners tend to use their basements as storage rooms. Remodeling your basement is a sizeable investment, but it can improve both your quality of life and the overall value of your house. With all that space, the number of options you have can be a little overwhelming, so here are some ideas to help you narrow it down. 

From videogames to board games, a game room in your basement ensures that you have all the fun you like while minimizing the risk of disturbing the rest of the house or the neighbors. 

1. Home gym

Regular exercise is important for your health, but not a lot of people have the time or money to go to a gym, so turning your basement into a workout area gives you one less excuse not to exercise. 

Having a dedicated area for your exercise equipment gives you more room in the main areas of your house, and the cooler air in the basement can keep you comfortable while working up a sweat. 

2. Entertainment center

The wide-open space of a basement, load-bearing columns notwithstanding - can be a great area for large sectional and comfortable beanbags, and an entertainment center can go up against the biggest wall. With a large enough wall, you might even consider installing a projector for a huge viewing screen that leaves more room for comfortable seating or a nice sound system. A bar with a mini-fridge for snacks reduces the need for you to leave the room when you’re feeling peckish. 

3. Game room

The cement walls and flooring of a basement work well as natural soundproofing, so it can be converted into a dedicated space for games. 

From videogames to board games, a game room in your basement ensures that you have all the fun you like while minimizing the risk of disturbing the rest of the house or the neighbors. 


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