Basement Remodeling

When you bought your home, you may have had wonderful ideas about all the extra space in your basement or attic. Now that you have settled in, your extra room has become a dumping ground for all the miscellaneous household junk. Worry not; Creative Concepts Investments, Inc. is here to help with your basement or attic remodeling. We can turn your sunken treasure into gold.

Here are a few tips to get started:

  1. Brainstorm and draw up a plan of action.
  2. Pick a purpose for your space.

Have kids? It’s a good size for the young ones to grow and play in, so build a space with a soft carpet, good lighting, a table to draw and do projects on, and plenty of places to store toys.

Have hobbies? Hubby might enjoy building ships in bottles, or tinkering with electronics. Turn that space into a workshop, with plenty of electrical outlets, long tables, and a wood or cement floor to make it easy to find that little thingamabob he just dropped.

Love wine? A small room can become a big wine cellar: keep the stone or concrete walls and floor, add low-wattage lighting, and plenty of rack space. You could even add a wine cellar air conditioner which will keep your 1982 Bordeaux at the perfect temperature for aging.

Upstairs closets too small? As with a wine cellar, a small room makes a big closet! Fill it with hanger space, shelf space, and a small closet for those special things.

Do you work at home? Turn your small space into a sweet office with good lighting, lots of table space, bookshelves, and places for your files, printer, and internet. If you have room, you could add a comfy chair, or even a treadmill workstation to stay fit while you work.

Need to get in shape? Stop paying for a gym membership you don’t use and set up a home gym. Dust off the old workout videos, set up the treadmill and exercise bike, install mirrors and sweat in style.

Make use of your space. If you have a large basement, you have many options—–add walls, create separate rooms, and more—–and your limits are only how much time and money you have. Bear in mind that a finished basement will add value to your home, and time can be managed by working one room at a time.

Here are some ideas for rooms in a larger basement:

  1. Media room. Add a wall for your music and movie watching, and make bays for your speakers, electronics, and big screen TV. When you build out the outside walls, you can embed surround speakers—and their wiring—as well. If you have the space to spare, consider making a small room behind the speaker/video wall, so that you access the back of your gear easily. Add lighting on dimmers and lots of seating, and you’re ready to go!
  2. Guest bedroom. This is a great place to put those guests who arrive by surprise, as well as the ones who plan months ahead. This need not be fancy—a little closet space to stick the suitcase and hang a few things, a bed, chair, and maybe a little alcove with a mirror. But be careful—Aunt Agnes will want to move in!
  3. Bathroom. If you have a guest room and a media room, you may want to consider a bathroom. It’s a substantial undertaking that you will probably not want to do yourself—plumbers for this sort of thing are worth their weight in gold—but it’s a great use of the space, and handy for that moment during the big game when don’t want to be too far away, or when you don’t want Aunt Agnes using your shower.
  4. Party room. Oh yes, it’s that time! Make it fun, colorful, and open. Add in a space to put your stereo system, add a little bar (assuming there aren’t young would-be-imbibers in the house), and a fridge big enough to keep the brews chill. Don’t use carpet, that’s a chore waiting to happen, but don’t stick with concrete, either—one slip and there’s glass everywhere. A cushioned laminate would be great here.
  5. Music room. Maybe you play guitar, or piano, or the Sousaphone, and you want a place to practice or jam with your friends. Dim lighting, lots of electrical outlets, and maybe some sound treatment if you are into recording. As with the media room, be careful with your dimmers—the cheap ones will add a lot of noise into your electrical circuit, and make for an unpleasant experience.