Basement Remodeling and Renovation

Transform an often underused space in any home with these ideas for remodeling a basement, creating a welcoming space for your family.

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By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

Although basement remodeling is a large project for any home, it is one that can add a welcoming touch to any living space. Whether it be a recreation room or tough-as-nails workshop, a basement makeover allows for the creation of an extra room within a home.

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Before beginning a basement renovation, there are a few factors to consider. First, determine a budget for the project. This will help you outline a plan for the space and keep costs in check. After determining the features that are important to the space, design a layout. This step may require the help of a professional contractor.

Consider how you would like the space to look. If refinishing your basement includes adding rooms, think about the most logical way to situate a bedroom and bathroom. If you are completely gutting the space, then this would be the time to position all utility appliances, like a water heater and furnace, in one spot. Section off the area with walls to keep the appliances concealed.

Budget-friendly basement renovations include choosing inexpensive materials when possible. For example, while you won't skimp when it comes to insulating a basement, it is acceptable to save money when choosing furniture or flooring for the space. In addition, some basement renovations are do-it-yourself, so only hire an expert for the ones that require professional help.

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