Renovating your basement is a great way to add value to your home. It is an easy way to add lots of living space to your home at a reasonable cost. Here are some easy ways to save money when you renovate your basement.
Walls and Floors
Your basement renovation can be very basic or very elaborate, depending on your budget. If you are on a tight budget, a simple coat of paint will really brighten up your basement. If you don’t like the look of paint, there are many other options for your wall. You can put up paneling or drywall and you can even hang wallpaper after you’ve put up drywall.
There are many choices when it comes to flooring. You can paint the floor with a textured paint. Carpet, hardwood flooring and vinyl tiles all make great flooring choices. Since most basements have limited natural light, lighter-colored flooring choices will make your basement brighter.
Ceiling and Lighting
Many basements are very dark, so it’s important to plan for adequate lighting in your renovation. Track lighting is a popular choice for seating areas. Florescent light fixtures offer bright lighting and are also a good choice for basement lighting.
If you are looking for a more traditional look for your basement, you will probably want to install a suspended ceiling. For a more contemporary look, you can paint the floor joists, heating ducts and pipes black, and the ceiling will look like it disappears.
Your basement is the perfect place for a home theater room. A television, sound system and a DVD or Blu-ray player are essential for a home theater room. You should also have plenty of comfortable seating and tables to hold snacks and drinks. Be sure to include storage space for your collection of DVDs. You may also want to consider adding a gaming system to your home theater room. To improve the sound quality in your room, you can attach several acoustic panels to the walls of your theater room.
Basements tend to be cooler than the rest of the house. If you are going to be spending a lot of time there, you will want it to be comfortable. You may be able to put vents in your regular heating ducts to divert warm air into your basement. If that is not an option, electric baseboard heaters are fast and easy to install and will heat up your basement fairly quickly.
Take the time to draw up plans before you begin your remodeling. Gather a list of materials you will need before you go shopping so you don’t forget anything. Decide what tools you will need and gather those beforehand. If there are any expensive power tools you may need, it may be more cost effective to rent them than to purchase them. Action rentals, for instance, offers a large selection of tools for rent. Use these simple methods to renovate your basement without a huge draw on your budget.