Basements were once dark, dank spaces left to the whims of spiders and mold. In recent years, the unfinished basement has become one of the most versatile rooms in the house with endless potential. Not to mention that it brings added value to your home.
Whether you are building a new home or finishing an existing basement, the first step is determining how to use the space. It’s the ultimate “man cave” where the man of the house can go to unwind and catch a game or play a game of pool. Of course, you’ll want to include a bar with a sink and refrigerator in that case. Perhaps you want to create a space for the kids to do homework, play video games, or practice the snare drum. Maybe you need a home office to work from or a place to house guests overstaying their welcome. It’s the perfect place to create a media room that the entire family can enjoy. Home gyms have become increasingly popular so that you can get a workout in whenever you would like to. There’s always the possibility of renting out the basement as an apartment to increase your cash flow. This can be done by adding an exterior door so a tenant can come and go without entering the main house. Whatever you decide to use this space for, it will help to have a clear vision in mind so that you can make the most of this previously underutilized area. Think of it as a blank canvas where anything is possible.
When you plan your finished basement, lighting, electrical outlets, soundproofing, water, and weatherproofing are a few things to consider. It won’t do you much good if it’s too cold to spend time in the basement during those brutal winter days. Instead of being a place for solace when you don’t want to go outside, it might not be comfortable. Given that the basement is below ground, water seepage is always a concern. A good rain can seep through the walls and ruin your flooring and furnishings, potentially allowing mold to build up.
Contact Harbor Classic Homes for design ideas for your new custom home with a finished basement in Fitchburg, Leominster, Lunenberg, Massachusetts or surrounding area.