Basements are the most neglected square footage in your home. Regain that lost space and create a fun and functional place for you and your family to hang out. Here are the 6 basement remodeling trends of 2016 to get you inspired to build the basement of your dreams.
1) Finished Walls
Ok, you may think this one is a given, but you’d be surprised how many people simply paint their basements concrete walls and call it a day. Bottom line: your basement will never feel like a living space if your walls are still exposed. To make your basement livable square footage, cover up the walls with drywall and give them a fresh coat of paint.
2) Adding Color
Boring, neutral basements are a thing of the past. The colors and saturations you choose to paint your walls and ceiling will make a huge difference in the look and feel of your basement. Choose something a little different to create a fun and functional space.
3) Built-in Storage
If your family always seems to have more stuff than you have room for, built-in shelving and storage in the basement is a great way to keep it all off the floor and tucked away. Due to the inherent awkwardness of most basement spaces, the nooks and crannies created by stairs, electrical and plumbing are ideal for creating the essential built-in storage your family needs.
4) Play with lighting
Due to the submerged nature of most basements, they tend to be pretty dark spaces. We’re here to tell you-you don’t have to rely on simple, often less aesthetically pleasing lighting features. Play around with different types of lighting to create a truly unique space.
5) Add a Bathroom
Finished basements are often turned into spaces like playrooms, man caves, home theaters and craft rooms, all places you expect to spend quite a bit of your time. Make things easier for you and your guests by including a full bathroom in the basement. This will reduce the number of trips up the stairs and can come in handy when something happens to take an upstairs bathroom out of commission.
6) Go Non-Traditional.
Customized your basement for what you need, not just what the designers are doing on HGTV or what you feel future potential buyers may want. Try something like a home theater, gym, laundry room, kitchen, bar, or game room. Check out our Basement Remodeling Ideas blog post to get some inspiration and use the space how you see fit.