The Basement: From Dungeon to Sanctuary
March 20, 2014 § Leave a comment
Ideas for converting an unused space into your favorite room
The stairs creak. The door screams maniacally on its hinges when opened. The tiny windows are covered in dust, and the single ceiling light still leaves creepy shadows in every corner. No, it’s not the scene of a horror film. We’re talking about your basement!
There’s no need to be scared of your dark basement anymore. Instead, you can convert your dingy, barely used lower-level space into an office, entertainment room, or yoga and exercise room. No matter if you have just a small room or an entire open space, it’s less difficult than you might think to turn your basement into a sanctuary.
It may be tempting to call in professionals to morph your dungeon into the room you envision, but to save money and gain the pride that comes from doing the job yourself, the DIY route is the way to go. Additionally, a basement conversion project is a fun family activity, and the job will get done faster when you work together. Experts agree that the first step of your renovation is to ensure the entire space is dry before starting.
From there, it’s entirely up to you. If you’re converting your basement into an office or entertainment space, you’ll likely need additional electrical outlets. You’ll find many helpful videos online that will walk you through the electrical installation process. For the walls, depending on the climate, you can install insulation and cover it with drywall sheets or simply add new life to the drab grey walls with your favorite paint color.
When considering ideas for the basement floor, the DIY basement renovator has many choices that are easy to install. Snap-together bamboo flooring adds a rustic touch, or you can go retro with laminate squares in a black and white checkered pattern.
If your home’s lower level is now unrecognizable and you have an amazing but empty room where your dingy basement used to be, it’s time to visit furniture stores. An entertainment room won’t be complete without cushy seating. Your office space should have plenty of lighting from elegant floor and desk lamps. You could even consider adding a small bar table and tall stools in the corner of the room where you can unwind after a long day. The possibilities are endless in your new sanctuary!