Basement Remodeling Ideas and Trends 2015 – 2016

Oh once again, it’s the Fall time, with all the beautiful foliage just around the corner! Did you know that Fall is also one of the best times of the year to sell your home, or at the very least, a great time to start thinking about improving and remodeling your existing place?

The thinking here is very simple, really; If you are not ready to sell your old home in order to buy a better house in the neighborhood you’ve been dreaming about, then why not try to improve your existing home, so you can live better and get closer to your goal of swapping your current place for a better one in a not so distant future!? 😉

For those who are not ready to sell, yet, Remodeling and Improving your old place may be a great alternative:

If you are in the camp that is sticking with the old place, you are probably thinking about making some remodeling upgrades to your home. – So, why not start with your basement? Even if you are not ready to sell your house, you may well be able to rent your newly-refinished basement and make a little bit of money in the process! What a great way to save up some extra money for that new place, as well as upraise the value of your existing home! 😉

With that being said, I would like to share some cool ideas to refinish your basement this fall:

If you are planning to remodel your basement and turn it into an comfortable and functional space that your family and guests can enjoy, there are some fundamental things you need to consider. Whether you are looking to splurge or do a basic renovation on a budget, transforming your basement into an inviting space should include working with the walls, ceiling, flooring and lighting. Additionally, there are many unique and cool ways you can decorate the space to make it look and feel like the rest of the home.

Check out these essential design ideas to get your basement renovation off to the right start:

Finish the walls

Chances are your unfinished basement has unattractive gloomy walls that make it look like a secondary space. No matter how you slice it walls made out of poured concrete or stacked concrete block just don’t look cozy. To turn this around, you need to cover up the concrete walls and there are a variety of materials you can choose from. You can consider using drywall, plywood, paneling, or paint over the concrete, depending on your budget and aesthetic preferences.

Don’t ignore the ceilings

To create the right ambiance, it is critical to finish the basement ceiling. Here are some things you can do. You may conceal the joists, pipes, and duct-work with drywall or paneling. Another option is to hide everything with a suspended or drop ceiling. Yet another choice you have is to leave the ceiling exposed and use a sprayer to paint it with a color of your choice.

Go for a practical flooring

Basement floors are typically cold and unpleasant, made of concrete slab. The good news is that concrete accepts most common flooring choices, such as paint, vinyl, laminate, tile, and carpet. You should avoid wood flooring in the basement, because wood shrinks and expands, causing gaps and warping. To give the space a warm feeling and make it comfortable for children’s play, carpeting may be an ideal option. Consider installing carpet tiles, which are growing in popularity, because a tile can be easily replaced if it gets damaged, without the need to replace the entire carpet.

Lighting plays an important role

By nature, basements tend to dark, poorly lit spaces, so carefully choosing and positing lighting is an essential element of basement remodeling. By far, the best lighting choice for basements is recessed lighting, as you do not want any light fixtures to hang from the ceiling and make it feel even lower than it already is. Another great idea is add accent lighting to the bookshelves and any artwork you have, which makes it more functional and also highlights your family’s precious collections.

Built-in storage

An unfinished basement is a common space where all the junk that you don’t need but feel bad throwing way ends up in. When you finish your basement and turn it into a living space, you need to do something about all your stuff. The best solution is to get rid of things you don’t actually need, and to build functional storage shelves into the basement walls, that will help you keep everything organized. This way, your basement can still be a place where you store your stuff, but without creating clutter and chaos.

Play around with colors

The colors that you choose for your walls, ceiling and trim will make a dramatic difference in the look and feel of your basement. One creative way to make the space feel cozy and visually appealing is to paint the ceiling and walls the same color, which will result in an enveloping feel. If you are looking to turn your basement into a home theater, consider painting the walls and ceiling black, it creates a stunning visual effect of expanding the space and making it look like there is no ceiling when you and your family and watching movies together. On the other hand, if you want to create a sense of height, it is best to go for light colors both for the ceiling and floors. When it comes to trims, it is best to use the same trim as you have in your house, to create a consistent look.

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