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How to make the most of your basement space

  • Posted by: Gilmedia
  • Date: 2016-09-01
  • In:  Acadia Tips

A basement is a significant asset in any home. Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t realize the great potential of this room, and it invariably becomes a place to store odds and ends without having to worry about keeping it too tidy. The door is often shut in order to hide the clutter until the day for a yard sale finally arrives, and you discover old, forgotten treasure! Why let your basement go to waste when you can put it to much better use? Here are some clever design ideas that will help you transform your home!

Rent it out

If you are concerned about investing in your home without much of a return on that investment, you could always convert your basement into an extra living space and rent it out to a student or local worker. By offering a comfortable place to stay at an affordable rate, you can be sure that tenants will be lining up!

Extra bedroom

If you have one or more children, and you want to offer them some extra privacy, then your basement can make an excellent escape. Instead of making your kids share a bedroom, you can offer the basement to one and the entire, once shared, bedroom to the other.

Entertainment room

Create your very own fun room where everyone can find some way of getting rid of daily stress. From video games and a big screen TV to a billiard table and various board games. Find several activities that will fit into the space you have available and think about the various needs of everyone in you home before choosing at least one activity for each. It’s good to find a family activity too. This way you will have at least one thing that you can all enjoy together.

Study or den

If you run a business from home, you will love the quiet environment of a basement office. It’s also a great space for kids to study or for anyone to enjoy their favorite book. Create your very own learning area to encourage everyone in your home to expand their knowledge and discover their inner passions.

Exercise room

Tired of all the workout equipment lining your living room, patio, and everywhere in between? Well, your basement can easily be transformed into your very own private gym. There’s usually more than enough space to comfortably create a circuit, and you can add things like free weights if you like. Choose the kind of equipment that suits your needs and stick to your daily workout routine!

Wine cellar

Wine is best stored at a reasonably cool temperature. While you won’t keep all of your bottles in a refrigerator over the years, you should ensure that they are not exposed to light or excessive heat. The basement provides the perfect setting for a gorgeous modern or rustic cellar where you can safely store all your favorite bottles. If you like, you can even add a bar section to the one corner and use this area to entertain your guests with your amazing knowledge while they taste a few of your best bottles.

Collection storage

If you collect a particular type of item, and you want a place to put them all out on display, then consider your basement. For example, if you have a true passion for building sailboats and ships, then you could set aside some space for a workbench as well as display space for all of your finished projects.

Organized storage

Of course, your basement can be used for storage. It’s really handy if you have a big family, and you need to stock up on bulky items or food preserves. Why clutter your pantry when you can build shelves and drawers in your basement instead?

No matter how you wish to transform your basement, it’s always important that you make sure it’s up to code. Even a seemingly minor modification often requires a building permit and for zoning regulations to be consulted. Contact Acadia Drafting at (647) 478-9292 for complete professional drafting services and expert advice.



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