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It’s time for a basement makeover.

There are many reasons you might be interested in renovating your basement, but it all comes down to the addition of extra living space in your home—a lively and versatile extension of the main floor.

If you’re thinking about taking on a basement renovation project, here are a few suggestions.

Open Up

The ceiling in your basement will probably be lower than in the main level living spaces. One way to combat this issue is to remove ceiling tiles and just let the exposed duct work and joists remain open. Paint the ceiling a light color (a warm gray is lovely) to open up the space even more.

Recessed can lights are still appropriate; just match the trim to the paint color as closely as possible.

Divide by Function

Toy storage, entertainment area, office space, game area, extra bedroom and bathroom, etc. These are just a sampling of the new functions that can occur in your basement. Partial height and floating walls mark changes in function (and help corral the toys!) but still allow light to move between spaces, making everything feel more open.

Creature Comforts and Code Requirements

The temperature of older basements usually mirrors the outdoors—too cold in the winter and too warm in the summer. By furring out the existing walls and applying spray foam insulation in between the new studs, we have successfully moderated this issue.

For bedroom usage an egress window will be required by code, but that’s a good thing, as it brings more natural daylight into the basement.

Lively Colors

Why not? Accent colors, tack boards to display art, and fun throw pillows are all low-cost ways to bring color into the space. A punch of color is always fun.

By Jennifer Luce Hinesman