Basement Finishing Design Ideas
A finished basement can add significantly to the amount of useable space in your home. It can be a nice, cool space for the family on blazing hot days, and a cozy spot for whiling away winter days. Planning the right basement finishing project for your home and family begins with thinking about what spaces your home is lacking and what activities you’d be most likely to use the finished basement space for.
- Multi-Use Space – Most finished basements go for some type of multi-use space approach, including some storage, some living space, and possibly guest quarters. Open floor plan designs lend themselves well to creating multi-use space, and allow family members to enjoy a sense of togetherness, even when they’re doing different things in the basement. Creating flexible space is especially helpful when your family is growing and interests may change fairly often. Add kid-friendly storage shelves or drawers to keep their toys, games, craft supplies, and other frequently used items accessible and your family space tidy. A small kitchen area with a fridge, microwave, sink, and snack cabinet will always come in handy. Consider a mudroom style entryway for a walkout basement, so boots, coats, and gloves are handy and include easy-clean tile flooring in that area, so your carpets stay cleaner.
- Use-Specific Space – Another approach to planning a basement-finishing project is to design for specific uses in the space. Create the ultimate master bedroom suite with giant walk-in closets and a spa-style bathroom and soaking tub, or an apartment for elder parents or adult children. Build the home gym and tai chi studio you’ve always wished for, or turn the basement into your own private pub or movie theater. Creating a use-specific space in your basement is, of course, a bigger commitment because you’re trading flexibility for the space to build that one, big amazing thing.
- Think About Future Needs – No matter which type of space suits your family and lifestyle best today, there will likely be another use that suits you better in the future, and you can save yourself money and time later on by planning ahead. Make sure your build includes plenty of electrical outlets, so you have more choices as to how you can rearrange later on. If you’re going with a multi-use basement space today, but know you may want to add walls for a bedroom or two later, it’s important to know that basement bedrooms are required by building codes to include exterior egress points. Installing egress windows now in the places where you plan to put bedrooms later provides added safety today and less work later to convert part of your space to code-compliant bedrooms.
Synergy Builders Offers Expert Design And Basement Finishing In Naperville
At Synergy Builders, our design team has the experience to help you decide what use of your basement space will best serve your family’s needs and provide the most enjoyment and utility for years to come. Bring us your wish list, and we’ll work with you to bring your wishes to life in a stylish and unique finished basement. Contact us for a complimentary consultation on your basement-finishing project in Naperville.