There are so many things that can be done with a basement space in terms of renovation. Many basements will by default end up as a storage space, but with a little creativity, so many different options are possible. Here are 15 possible uses for a basement renovation project.
Before starting out on any of these projects, be sure to check for building regulations and requirements in your area.
1. Spare bedroom
As families grow or as a need for guest space increases, a spare bedroom can be an ideal basement renovation project. Kids’ bedrooms are particularly suitable for a basement renovation, giving them some space and privacy as they grow, a space they can call their own. It is also a perfect space for a guest bedroom, also giving them some privacy when they visit.
2. Games room
A games room is a common basement renovation idea. Games here could mean games such as table tennis, pool or darts, or they could mean something more modern such as computer games with multiple consoles and a large screen TV or sound system.
3. Home cinema room
A games room can often be combined with a home cinema room, particularly if the types of games are games consoles. On its own, a home theatre room with a large-screen projector tv, comfortable cinema seats and high-quality sound system can take family movie night to a whole new level.
4. Home gym
With expensive gym fees and no guarantee that the equipment you want to use will be available when you get there, a home gym can be a great basement renovation idea, filled with the equipment that you want, available 24 hours a day, and with no extra fees to pay.
5. Work at home office
More and more people are either choosing to work from home or are being detailed to work at home by their employer. With space and privacy often at a premium with homework, converting a basement to a functional home office can be a great idea to provide an efficient home office space without the long commute.
Children of all ages love to play, and having a dedicated playroom for children can be a great way of giving them a space in which they play and explore whilst letting their imaginations run wild in the basement, but also keeping the rest of the house clean and tidy
Even with the advent of electronic books, printed books aren’t dead, so a library can be a great basement renovation idea for anyone who has a lot of books. The idea can be extended so it doesn’t just store books but also CDs, DVDS, blu-rays, computer games, or whatever you need to make a library of, keeping everything together and organised.
8. Private bar
More and more people are converting their basements into their own drinking den. Recreate the feel of a 1960s New York cocktail bar or a 1920s Speakeasy, or a relaxing whiskey or cigar lounge. You could even recreate the pub or bar from your favourite TV programmes or film for a little extra fun and enjoyment, filling it with relevant memorabilia.
9. Wine cellar
For wine afficionados, a perfect basement renovation idea can be a wine cellar. The cooler and usually darker atmosphere of a basement is perfect for storing wines over time, helping them to maintain their flavour, whilst being stored in an attractive setting.
10. Craft room
A common complaint of many spouses of people who are involved in crafts is how much space that those crafts take up, and how they tend to spread even further over time. However, renovating a basement into a craft room can solve that problem, enabling the craft hobbyist or professional to expand their hobby, with plenty of space to work in when making.
11. Bowling alley
If your basement space is large enough, why not convert it into a bowling alley. A basement space doesn’t need to be large enough for a full-size professional alley, as even a shortened alley designed for the space can be an attractive place to play one of the world’s favourite games, as well as a fun hangout spot at social events and parties.
12. Storage space
Many basements are already fulfilling the role of storage space, but a basement can be redesigned and remodelled with modern storage and shelving solutions to make an attractive and organised storage space. Never lose anything again with a well-organised basement storage solution.
Chefs and fans of cooking might find their own kitchen limited in space. Renovating a basement into a kitchen or kitchenette can give budding chefs and cooks more space from which to develop those great recipes or meals. It could also be a useful renovation if running a home cooking or baking business, allowing the opportunity to keep the home kitchen and the work kitchen separate.
14. Performance space
Have a house full of musicians, dancers or actors, and want somewhere for them to practice and put on small shows? A basement renovation into a small performance space – a music or drama stage or a sprung floor for ballet, can be a great way of encouraging talent into perhaps something bigger over time.
Why not make some extra money from property by converting a basement space into an apartment that can be rented out. Depending on the size of the space you would have to consider the various legal requirements, but a basement renovation into an apartment can be a very effective way of increasing the value of the property whilst at the same time generating income over time.
With a little imagination and a lot of fun, almost any basement space can be converted into something cool, interesting and modern. Your basement will never seem the same again, and the increase in value of the property will be a real asset should you decide to sell in the future.