A basement can be a huge asset for your new home, but if you’re new to basements there are a few things you should know. Understanding how to best use your basement can save you money, time, and stress in the long run. Plus, it can get you set up to have the best basement in your neighborhood!
How to Use Your Basement
Basements can be incredibly useful, if you know how to use them correctly. Basements can be a great place for storage, they are generally cooler than other areas of your house, so your storage will keep well.
Basements can also be great for creating additional bedrooms, a theater or living room, or even your gym space. Because the basement is usually darker and cooler than upstairs spaces, you can watch a movie without annoying glare, or work out without getting too hot. Remember that if you do decide to build extra bedrooms into your basement, you need to provide another exit besides the stairs going to the main floor.
Protecting Your Basement
As awesome as basements can be, their location can make them susceptible to a few problems. The main issue with a basement is the potential for water damage. Waterproofing is especially important if you store valuables in your basement.
Some of the methods for preventing water damage actually occur outside your home. Cleaning gutters, landscaping appropriately, and keeping track of and repairing foundation cracks call all help you prevent flooding. Waterproofing your basement will prevent damage and save you money.
Designating Space in Your Basement
Once you know how you want to use your basement, and have protected it appropriately, it is important to create distinct spaces for at least some of your basement uses. Ideally your storage areas will be separate and invisible from your living spaces, and your bedrooms should have their own area as well. Decide on a basement floor plan that effectively uses your space and creates distinct areas for sleeping, storing, and spending time with family and friends. Your basement will feel more finished if the layout makes sense and is well suited to your varied purposes.
Basements are great, and there is no time like the present to start taking advantage of your own. If there are things you feel your house needs, the basement is often a great place to implement them and start enjoying your house even more than before.
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