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Posted by McClintick Real Estate, Inc. on 1/18/2018

You may be wondering what can be done with the room below the main floor of your home. This room is also better known as a basement. Most basements have things like the fuse box, your water heater, and a furnace in them. 


There is a possibility in many homes to transform the basement floor into another room. This can add immense value to your home, by providing additional space. By using this as a room, you can change the set up of your home and provide more living space without needing to move.  


Size Of The Room


The size of the basement area can vary widely. The ceiling heights can vary and there may be little to no natural light in the room, which can be a hindrance when it comes to certain things that you may want to do with that area. This means that the basement may not be suitable for all everyday living purposes, but it still can be used for some things, depending upon the space.    


In-Law Apartment 


Many people take the basement level of their home and turn it into an in-law apartment. This is where a relative can live independently. Many of these include a separate entrance, kitchen, and bathroom. Building this type of room may be costly. Keep in mind that it will add immense value to your home when you do decide to sell the home in the future. It will provide a comfortable living situation for everyone in the home. Even a small studio can add value a whole lot of value to your property. 


Family Room And More


Many basements have become prime examples of a family room. These rooms can house game tables, televisions, sofas, and more. From a dedicated game room to a manly man cave, everyone in the family can make use of a newly renovated space. Youíll just need to decide what to do before you start.  


Disguise The Look


The first thing that youíll need to do is completely disguise the look of your basement. This can require you to put up drywall and add some paint to the area. If the basement floor begins as simple concrete, youíre probably going to need to lay down carpet and put in some flooring, depending upon how in-depth your renovation will be. 


Appliance And Storage Area


If you canít make your basement into any type of living space per say, you may want to transform it into a laundry room, or house other appliances down there. Aside from your washer and dryer, you may need a freezer or an additional fridge for food storage. The basement is the perfect place for these items. You can use another part of the basement to keep off-season items like Christmas decorations and outdoor furniture.


No matter what you do with your basement, remember that itís a bonus room in many cases as far as your square footage is concerned. Get creative and make the basement your own!





Posted by McClintick Real Estate, Inc. on 8/6/2015

If you are looking to increase the living space in your home, the answer might just be right under your feet. Remodeling your basement has the potential of uniquely transforming the look of your home. Although this has a unique set of challenges, with proper planning, it can be achieved. Here are some tips on how to remodel your basement into a functional living space. Make a Family Room The basement is a great place for casual social activities, a perfect spot where the entire family can get together and relax with a board game or a big screen television. Make it inviting and alluring, just like any other room in the home. Some new furniture, a great sound system and excellent lightening would be a great way to start. Include a Bath and Bedroom Adding a bedroom and a bath makes the basement an ideal suite for guests. The dimensions should be determined by who will use it. For a double bed, you will need a minimum of 125 square feet, for twin beds, 150 square feet will serve your needs. When adding a bedroom, be certain there is an emergency exit that leads directly outside. †A professional will need to be consulted in regards to adding a bathroom as specific regulations will apply. Add a Kitchen With a mini kitchen in the basement, entertainment gets easier. This would require access to hot and cold water, electrical outlets, exhaust vents, a small dish washer, under counter refrigerator and anything else that would allow for more comfortable living. Design a Safe and Attractive Staircase In most homes, there is a staircase leading to the basement. When remodeling, take the opportunity to improve the look of this entryway to your new living space. If it is not properly positioned, consider moving it to a better location. Consult with a designer or an architect for guidance on redesigning your stairway. Add Windows Adding windows is great for basements, but this task is better left to the professionals. If this is properly done, it will improve the ventilation, add light, and make it very comfortable. Adding windows may require digging a window well. A retaining wall made of masonry, limestone blocks, or treated landscape timbers should be added to the well. If properly done, it could also serve as an emergency exit. Finish the Walls. The walls of the foundation are usually made of poured concrete and reinforcement materials. Cover the walls with materials of your choice. Plywood, paneling or any material that would make the area more inviting. †For example, covering the walls in the living area with sheets of maple-veneer would add an arts and crafts feel to the room. There are many options and trained professionals that can help you achieve the look you want. Finish The Ceilings Basically, there are three options available to you when remodeling the basement ceilings, leave the pipes and duct work exposed, conceal it with a dry panel or hide everything with a suspended or drop ceiling. Choose Comfortable Flooring In most cases, basement floors are made of concrete, unless plywood sub-flooring has been installed. Concrete works with most floor finish choices like tile, carpet, vinyl and paint. For below grade installation, solid wood flooring is not recommended as it shrinks and expands causing gaps. † However, engineered wood flooring is recommended as it shrinks less.