Finished Basement Beats the Winter Blahs

Are you feeling cabin fever yet? Are the walls starting to close in? It’s the height of winter and right now is when a lot of people begin to long for some room to move and a new setting. One option is a pricey vacation to a tropical destination. But, that will be over in a week and then what have you got?

How about this instead: turn that unused space in your basement into your family’s personal escape from the doldrums of winter. A finished basement will offer returns and rewards well beyond what even the greatest vacation could bring.

How Will You Use The Space?

Of course, the first thing you’ll need to decide about your basement remodel will be how you’re going to divide up and use the space. Chances are, every member of the family will have a different idea of the ideal finished basement. Dad may want a home theater for watching sports and action movies. Mom dreams of a fitness area with space for an elliptical machine and her pilates mat. The kids need a place to hang out with friends play video games. The teenager is hoping for a bedroom of her own with a bathroom she doesn’t have to share.

Fortunately, most basements offer the space and flexibility to meet multiple needs, and with the proper planning, everyone can feel like the newly remodeled space was made just for them.

Whether you achieve all those goals by dividing the space and creating different areas with different uses, or just use a flexible design that creates one large space that can function as sports venue/home theater/rec room is largely up to you. Adding that new bedroom will require dedicating some square footage to that use alone, but adding another bedroom with egress and a private bath is a great way to add instant value to your home.

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