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Common Mistakes when Renovating Your Basement

Your basement is much more than a storage room, it offers untapped potential square footage that you can use for extra living space.


Some of the most common basement renovations include in-law suites, media rooms, home gyms, or extra bedrooms. All of these are fantastic ways to utilize the space…if it’s done properly.


Be sure to do it right the first time by avoiding these basement remodeling mistakes:


CREATING A MAZE


A floor plan can give you a rough idea of the layout and what things will look like once they're finished. But proceed with caution. Because when adding the spaces you want in your basement, you don't want to create a choppy or maze-like floor plan that makes the space unusable.


Try to follow the same design tenants as the rest of the home to avoid having a basement with an awkward layout. In an effort to create function, you don't want to build walls and forget about room placement.


FORGET TO ADD ENOUGH LIGHTING


The majority of basements are already lacking in natural light and forgetting to add enough lighting can make it feel like a cave.


One of the most popular types of basement lighting is recessed ceiling can lights because they maximize the lighting without taking up a ton of space. They're great for low ceilings when pendant lights might get in the way.


You can also choose bright lighting that will supplement natural light. Think about layering your lighting by adding table lamps or wall sconces to provide a softer or warmer ambiance.


NOT INSULATING OR SOUNDPROOFING THE SPACE


Imagine having the most amazing family room but being unable to enjoy it because it’s just too cold in the winter months.


The proper insulation not only makes a space more livable but can also help save money on energy bills as it helps regulate the temperature in your home.


Additionally, if you don't want to hear movies or video games blasting in the middle of the night or hear footsteps from upstairs, be sure to include soundproofing when completing your renovation.


Soundproofing will come in extra handy if you if you're going to use any part of the space as an office or bedroom as it can provide a much-needed serene area to get work done or relax.


If renovating your basement is on your to-do list be sure to take these tips into consideration and if you have any questions, please reach out to us. 

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