4 Ideas for Basement Updates and Renovations

4 Ideas for Basement Updates and Renovations


Even if you have a finished basement, you might still need to make some updates due to age. If this is your situation, here are a few update and renovation tips to consider for your basement.

Consider Projects That Add Value to Your Home

Do you ever plan on selling your home? If so, ask yourself how much you might want to ask potential buyers for. Then, think about what renovation projects could be done to your home to make it worth that much. Such projects may include adding a man cave, transforming a part of the space into a guest suite, or having the utility room finished.

Consider Some Basic Fixes

When seeking to renovate a basement into something amazing you need to begin with the basics. Basement waterproofing is one of the most important steps since basements have a tendency to retain moisture. Without it, runoff from rainwater can seep into spaces resulting in the development of mold and a musty smell. It can also eventually erode the foundation of the home causing further problems with structural integrity.

Additionally, it’s important to remember that basement windows need to be added to ensure a safe escape route in case of fire. Also, it might be wise to add plenty of lighting in order to keep the space from becoming dark and dank.

Make the Space Child-Friendly

Families with children often require a safe space where they can play and spread their toys around without worry. The basement can provide the perfect playroom and can even be wired with video cameras so that you can keep an eye on them while you’re on a different floor.

Another idea would be to install glass walls with noise suppression to split the space so that your children can play in one area and you can be in another—reading, watching the TV or doing whatever. This way, you can still get your personal space but still be able to supervise your children’s play as needed.

Keep the Temperature in Mind

Basements are well-known for being the coldest place in a house. This is especially true during the winter. However, this doesn’t have to remain a reality for your home. The following are just a few steps you could take to keep this space warm:

  • Seal the windows
  • Reinstall insulation
  • Install carpet or add more rugs
  • Install Duct-Booster Fans to better the flow of warm air

Hopefully, the above information has given you some food for thought when it comes to your basement’s renovation. Don’t think that you have to accomplish everything in one weekend, though. Decide on the projects that you want to do and space them out on a calendar so that you don’t feel like you have to do your renovation in a rush.

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Hannah Whittenly

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A full-time mother of two, Hannah enjoys imagining and planning projects to make her home more beautiful. Occasionally, she'll actually get around to starting one of them.