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Basement Remodeling Ideas & Tips

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Remodeling a basement is a wonderful way to add extra living space to your home. However, some people having basements with no access to natural light feel that this is an impossible dream for their home. While you probably would not want to relocate a primary bedroom to your windowless basement, there are many other exciting ideas you can consider for remodeling your basement.

Remodeling a basement is a wonderful way to add extra living space to your home. However, some people having basements with no access to natural light feel that this is an impossible dream for their home. While you probably would not want to relocate a primary bedroom to your windowless basement, there are many other exciting ideas you can consider for remodeling your basement.

Media Room

A great idea for your basement remodel is to create your own in-home media room so that you and your family can enjoy music, movies and communication devices so that you can easily stay in touch with people in other areas of your home. One tip according to BasementRemodeler.com is to give your furniture selection as much attention as you do when selecting your sound system, television or other media equipment. This is because traditional furniture has not been specifically designed to work with electronic equipment. According to Keith Pribyl of Sanus Systems, a supplier of specially designed A/V furniture based in St. Paul, Minn, "how well your technical components work together depends in large part on the kind of furniture you have to support them." Another important tip is to make the shelves for your electronic equipment a minimum of 22 inches deep as this type of technology requires more space than a traditional bookcase can provide.

Wine Cellar

Because most basements are dark and cool year-round, it makes the perfect place for installing your own wine cellar and tasting area. This basement remodeling idea is an easy way to give your home a high-end luxury even though it can be accomplished with a wide range of budgets. An important tip you must address before you start new construction is to remove any persistent dampness in your basement. One method for producing fresh, dry air while removing moisture is to install a duct system. And depending your needs, you may also need to consider installing a sump pump if your basement is already prone to flooding from a high water table. A proactive measure for fighting future moisture concerns, according to thisoldhouse.com, is to use exterior-grade materials like pressure-treated lumber, foam insulation board, galvanized mesh lath and rot-resistant cedar.

Fitness Center

If you and your family are tired of waiting in line at your local gym to use equipment, solve your problem by creating your own at-home workout facilities in your basement. A key tip here is to create a short and long-term goal for your space so that in the future you have reserved "slots" for additional equipment you purchase as your budget allows. This method helps prevent you from creating a crowed, unusable space---defeating the very purpose of a gym. And according to designer Nicole Sassaman, owner of Los Angeles-based Nicole Sassaman Designs, a basement is a great place for a home gym, as they are typically cooler than other parts of your home. When you turn your basement into a gym, you are using this fact to the benefit of your room makeover.


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