As the father of an autistic child, I have been faced with more than a few necessary home modifications projects. Unfortunately, with the high cost of raising a special needs child and my wife's decision to stay home and raise our son, there simply was no room in our budget to hire a contractor to complete these projects for us. Each weekend for nearly a year, I would pick a project to work on. This past month, I finally finished every project on my list. After learning more than I thought I would ever know about home construction and repair, I have a new found appreciation for the skills of general and specialty contractors. That is why I decided to start this blog to pay tribute to the job these contractors do, and help to empower more homeowners to take on the role of a contractor in their home.
If your home has an unfinished basement, you may be considering a remodel to make use of this extra space in your home. A home remodeling service can help you to create the stunning space you want in your basement. As you plan out your home remodeling project, here are a few things to keep in mind for your new basement.
Embrace Your Lower Ceiling
Some homes use drop ceilings in the basement, which can make a low ceiling seem even lower. Instead of going for this look, embrace your home's lower, unfinished ceiling. Paint large beams in a bright color, or use a wood stain to create a beautiful exposed beam look. Your contractor can help to cover wires and pipes that might be exposed, giving your basement a chic, edgy look without making it feel small like a drop ceiling can.
Make Over Your Staircase
Staircases leading to basements are often long and narrow, and they can even be a bit treacherous as well. Work with your remodeling service to design a new staircase for your basement that is easy to manage while giving the basement more of an open feel. You can add ornate banisters and a starting step that create a grand appearance for your staircase. Complete this look with a custom runner rug to bring added color to the basement.
Lighting a basement can be difficult, particularly if there are no windows. Wall sconces offer a convenient way to light the basement while adding a bit of visual appeal. You can choose the same type of sconce to line each wall, or you can choose unique designs for each separate area of the basement. If you are adding a bar area, consider sconces on either side of the back bar along with pendant lights to hang directly over the bar seating space.
Use Stamped Concrete
If you are concerned about possible flooding in your basement, you'll want to avoid installing wall-to-wall carpet. Stamped concrete offers a durable flooring option that can withstand water while still maintaining its good looks. This type of flooring comes in a range of designs, giving you plenty of options to coordinate your overall design aesthetic. Stamped concrete can be made to look like stone, marble, brick, or wood, and it comes in a host of rich colors to choose from. You can still soften your floors with area rugs, which can be replaced much more easily that installed carpet in the event of a flood.
Talk to your home remodeling service about these ideas and incorporate them into your basement remodeling plan. With the right touches, your finished basement can look like a seamless extension of the rest of your home.Share
10 September 2017