Creating the ideal home for their family is a top priority for most parents. It is vital to ensure you have a property equipped for the challenges of family life. In addition, your home should offer a welcoming and spacious environment.
One of the most effective ways to make sure that your home suits your family’s needs is to make the best use of the space. Maximizing your use of all the space you have available to you will, in turn, allow you to make plenty of room for having fun as a family and spending quality time in each other’s company. One area of a family home that is often forgotten about is the basement. Your home’s basement offers enormous potential and, if renovated carefully, can help you to transform your living space.
If you are keen to make your basement a more useable space for your family, the following tips will help you to complete the perfect basement renovation:
Clear the Space
Most people’s basements act as junk rooms and are home to everything from Christmas decorations to old paperwork. So, before you do anything else, it is helpful to take steps to clear the space so you can see what you are working with. Once your basement is empty of all your stuff, you will have a better idea on your next steps.
Make it Watertight
Dampness and mold are, unfortunately, pretty common issues for basements. To start off, you could have an inspection done for any existing mold; visit Mold Busters or similar service providers in your area to have your basement inspected for signs of mold growth. Basements are usually the place that are affected first, because they are closer to groundwater than other areas of your home. A lack of light and fresh circulating air can also contribute to mold growth in basements. If you plan to spend more time in your basement, it is essential to prevent mold formation, as this can be bad for your family’s health.
Having dampproof experts visit your basement and work out how to prevent mold and excessive moisture in your basement is a wise idea. The company may make some changes, such as using RIW toughseal as a dampproof coating on your walls.
Decide on its Purpose
With the waterproofing of your basement complete, you will be able to move on to the next exciting stage of the project, which is deciding how you will use your basement. There are endless possibilities for you to choose from when determining the best way to use your basement. Will you create a home cinema, a games room, a music room, or a library?
Keep it Light
For obvious reasons, natural light is often lacking in a basement. To prevent your basement from looking too dark, it is a good idea to decorate it to make the space appear light and airy. You can achieve this by choosing light paint colors that reflect the light and by sticking with a lighter color for your floor covering. Layering up your lighting is another excellent way to make the room feel brighter. Choosing a range of lamps and lighting options will help increase brightness while also bringing added atmosphere to your basement.