Don't hold back on your dream basement! It's space that you've already paid for. A first-class finishing job will make your house, bigger, better, more fun and more energy efficient. There are many ways to utilize this new living space. Here are a few ideas, along with some finishing tips that will ensure the success of your finished basement.
If you're a movie buff, isn't it time you had a screening room where your family and friends can relax and enjoy the best that Hollywood has to offer?
Secrets to success: Built-in cabinetry on either side of a big flat-screen TV will enable you to hide wiring and store DVDs. Put ceiling and wall sconce lights on separate switches so you can turn the brighter ceiling lights off during the movie. Don't forget to make room for reclining lounge chairs with small side tables for popcorn and beverages.
The basement is a perfect location for a "man cave" where you and your buds can unwind, watch the game and debate about who was the greatest of all time.
Secrets to success: Splurge on a neon sign to set the mood, and consider adding a basement bathroom to eliminate trips upstairs. Last but not least: a compact refrigerator and a small bar.
Your basement's concrete slab floor makes a great base for even the most hardcore weight-training and fitness equipment.
Secrets to success: With a small flat-screen TV and DVD player, you can get entertained while you train. Add a basement bathroom or even a small sauna to create your own health spa.
With a pool table as the centerpiece of a finished basement, you're sure to enjoy many hours of relaxation and entertainment.
Secrets to success: Of course you'll need a special stained glass light over the pool table. Consider putting other lights on dimmers.
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Is it time for your garage band to become an underground success? A well-designed finished basement might be just the ticket.
Secrets to success: Make sure the music room has a door that can be shut, and use sound-blocking materials to help contain the noise. These materials can be found online.
You'll be surprised at how productive you can be in a basement office, away from upstairs distractions.
Secrets to success: Avoid eye strain by combining glare-free overhead lighting with good task lighting. ThermalDry tiles provide an easy-to-clean floor surface that office chairs love to roll on.
If you need another bedroom, don't spend big bucks on an addition. Instead, take advantage of the space you've already paid for.
Secrets to success: Chances are you'll need at least one larger basement window to meet building code requirements for safe egress.
Check out our super energy-efficient windows. Also consider adding a basement bathroom and perhaps a kitchenette.
If you're struggling to manage the mess kids can create, a basement play area might be just what you need to give the rest of your house a rest.
Secrets to success: Strong, impact-resistant TBF wall panels will take all the abuse kids can dish out. You'll also appreciate the stain-resistant, easy-clean surface on every wall panel. ThermalDry carpet tiles create a comfortable floor that resists stains, moisture damage and mold.
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