Does your basement look like a dungeon? For many homeowners, it is just a storage space for unwanted boxes, furniture or electric appliances.

But think about it this way: why would you want to keep unwanted items? De-cluttering your basement is a great start.

But why not give a total upgrade to your basement?! What better place to have fun in a stylish way than a room secluded from the rest of your place? Keep reading to learn about all the great things you can do with yours. It’s time to finish your basement!

The Last Reno to Tackle in Your Home?

Basement finishing means converting space that is not livable (maybe you’re using it for storage or mechanical room, but it’s “raw”) into a space you can actually use and enjoy.

Apart from spicing up your living space, a basement renovation can also increase the value of your property. In addition, it lets you consider ideas that you often can’t apply to your main living space.

What about a theatre room for family and guests? And a play area for the kids? Who doesn’t love a bar?

As you can see, the possibilities are endless. Basements don’t have to feel dark and cold!

Give Your Basement a Makeover

remodeled basement upgradeThe best way to figure out how to redesign your basement is to determine what your place is missing.

Ask yourself what your family needs.

If you work remotely, you might need a quiet and isolated space. If there are kids around, they might be missing a room for their toys.

Man and woman caves are especially trendy these days. Some people even install a bowling alley in their basement!

Light Up Your Ottawa Home

newly finished basement remodelOnce you have your basement remodel intent clear, there is something else to consider.

Since basements are too often dim or windowless, light is key.

In cases where the ceiling is not high enough, installing additional illumination is a must.

Go creative! If you need some guidance, you can always get in touch with us! With a combined 25 years of experience in renovations, March Homes Inc. is the house of choice of many homeowners in Ottawa.

Create A Home Office

Turning your basement into a home office is a great way to create a boundary between your home life and work life. By creating a dedicated space for productivity in your home, you can hone in on the tasks that need to be done with little distractions. Then, when you leave the office, you can put all the work out of your mind and focus on experiencing your life at home.

To fully capture that office aesthetic and ambience you can try adding the following to the basement.

  • A desk and comfortable seating
  • Lighting for proper visibility and an inviting feeling
  • Shelves and cabinets for storage and improved organizational ability
  • Soundproofing to reduce or eliminate distractions from outside the office
  • Connections for electricity and internet to ensure that work can be done without interruption

Invest In Fitness At Home

A home gym in your basement is a great way to stay healthy without leaving the confines of your home. This is especially valuable for those who feel self-conscious about working out in front of others and prefer privacy as they exercise.

Turning all or part of your basement into an at-home gym can be done with some minor modifications.

  • Flooring made of rubber or foam projects your original floor surfaces and provides you with a comfortable platform for exercise.
  • Gym equipment like weights, cardio equipment and resistance bands can increase the effectiveness of your workout routine.
  • Good ventilation to ensure that moisture isn’t trapped in your basement and that the quality of air in the basement is optimal
  • Sound systems to play music will improve your workout experience
  • Shelves and cabinets will facilitate organization and storage

 

Some gym equipment might require specific ventilation or electric power, so you should engage professional services when installing the equipment.

Basement Finishing vs Basement Remodeling

finished basement in newer homeAn unfinished basement is nothing but empty potential, a valuable blank canvas!

But before you take any further steps, make sure you design around your home systems, such as pipes, pumps, furnaces or HVAC, especially when relocating them is not an option.

Basement renovation differs from finishing a basement since it generally happens when the finishing work has been completed.

Finishing, on the other hand, usually refers to hanging drywall and adding flooring, so that your downstairs space looks more complete.

Get the Most out of Your Ottawa Basement Remodel

Whether you go for some simple refinishing work or a complete remodel, the improvement of your basement will pay dividends.

Take it to the next level!

You could turn your basement into an impressive gym, an eye-catching cellar or a classy spa! Let it integrate with the rest of your home and become a beautiful and valuable asset to the property!

For all your basement needs, March Homes has you covered. Contact us today to find out how we can help!