Transform your space: How to revamp your basement
Out with the old and in with the new in 2022. It’s the perfect time to transform your basement space while finally completing that remodel you’ve had on your to-do list for quite some time now. It may require a lot of planning, research and some budgeting, but it will be worth it in the end when you can relax in your revamped basement. Here are some tips to help you transform your cellar into the space of your dreams:
Plan out your basement remodel
As you attack this new project, there are several factors to consider. It’s essential to assess how much square footage you’re working with, how to make the most use of your space, your budget, your design vision and more. With all of these in mind, it’s necessary to make a plan to help you stay on track throughout the revamping process.
After taking an in-depth look at the space you’re working with, it’s time to review if you’re going to perform a major remodel or simple upgrade. If you’re looking at a fresh paint job on top of adding in some new flooring and furniture, hire a contractor to do the heavy lifting. This can create a sense of peace of mind, especially since a professional does the renovations. All in all, this will prevent you from taking time out of your schedule to get the physical aspect accomplished.
A significant part of planning for your remodel is implementing a budget; this will help guide your spending as you prioritize. For big-spending, consider using your own home’s equity as a way to finance your remodel. An equity loan is perfect for home renovations as you receive the funds in one lump sum and, if used on home improvement projects, is tax-deductible. If hiring a contractor takes up a lot of your budget, try to save money or cut costs in other areas, like buying discounted furniture or using leftover paint from other home renovations.
Decide on your vision
Coming up with a clear vision for your dream space can be difficult due to a wide variety of options. You could transform your basement into a home bar, including mood lighting and bar seating. Or you could also invest in a projector and add home theater recliners to make the ultimate entertainment experience. Perhaps you’re working remotely, and you need a home office where you can be productive, away from distraction. This way, your house can stay more organized while taming the playtime chaos all in one spot. Evaluate ways to improve your home’s value and see if any of those potential projects catch your eye. An unfinished basement is like your blank canvas, or if it’s finished, you have some inspiration to build off of.
Prepare the space
The first step to transforming your space is to prepare for your home renovation to the best of your ability. Try to declutter your basement and get rid of unwanted items; some organizational devices can help store your items neatly. Having scattered objects throughout your space can cause delays in the renovation process and will have you feeling overwhelmed—separate unwanted items for donation, belongings for sale and supplies that you will need in your basement.
If you have a contractor or designer coming in to help you with your renovations, ensure the space is prepped and ready to go for them. With furniture or pieces of the room you don’t want to ruin, cover them with tarps or furniture covers. If you’re tackling the renovation yourself, you’ll want to paint first, then add new flooring and finally start focusing on the decor for the room.
Design your dream layout
Now that you have figured out your finances and prepared the space for your renovation, it’s time to get to the creative part. Begin by deciding how you’d like your area laid out to fit all the features you plan on implementing. If you don’t have room in the budget to pay for an interior designer, or maybe you have the design bug yourself, use a home design app to help plan your layout.
Once you have decided on the layout, you can begin by shopping for furniture and decor that will fit the theme of your new space. Don’t forget to shop around for the best deals on furniture while finding the most versatile pieces for the basement area. If you’re looking to save on some artwork or home decor items, look into some DIY ideas or flip some pieces you bought from Goodwill or Facebook Marketplace into a fresher look.
Now that you have completed the steps to prepare for your renovation, your dream space can become a reality. When the renovations are complete, and the paint is dry, it’s time to put your decorating skills to the test and make your vision come to life.
Julia E. Miller
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