At first glance, your basement might seem like an oversized storage closet, but it’s possible for it to be so much more. Although a conversion may take some time and substantial budgeting, there are many benefits to making the effort to change a dark basement into a more comfortable living space. Converting your basement may even be as simple as following a few steps.
A workshop, an entertainment room, an extra bedroom, or a laundry room are many uses for a basement, and the tough part is sorting it all out. Decide what you want to use your basement for before moving on. This will help you understand any limitations of the space. Consider also the rest of your home and how the finished basement will complement it.
The next step is to design the basement in a sketch or by using a free room planner on a mobile device or computer. Special apps may help with the design process by taking into account the square footage of the basement. If you don’t have access to a computer, a rough design sketch is also suitable. Just make sure you know what you want before you start building.
It’s a good idea to hire a professional contractor for your basement conversion, particularly if any wiring or plumbing needs to be installed. Be sure to ask friends and family for recommendations and research reviews of contractors online. Select three to interview and have them present you with a bid for the project cost. You can then negotiate further with the contractor you like best.
Once the conversion is complete, you are ready to enjoy using your basement for the purpose you designed it for. In addition to having more space to use and enjoy in your home, you have also likely increased your house’s value if you ever decide to sell.