If your home has a fairly empty basement that isn’t seeing much use, then it’s never a bad idea to look into all of the different things that you can do with it. A basement is essentially just a large room that could have endless possibilities, but most people don’t really utilise them very well. So in this post, we’re going to take a look at some of the best ways to make better use of an empty basement.
For starters, a lot of people seem to consider their basement as some kind of damp storage room that isn’t really used for much. They might have a few appliances and shelves, but otherwise, it’s almost exclusively used for storage purposes. In fact, many people can often have dark and really moody basements that aren’t very pleasant to look at. Even just going downstairs to get something can be dark, cold, and something that you tend to avoid. As a result of this, you might find that there are a lot of people that don’t really like maintaining their basements. This can result in damp basements, leaks, and even rodent infestations that can be a problem if left alone.
So instead of just treating your basement like an unloved room in the home, why not consider trying a few things to make it a little more exciting and interesting?
First, start with basement maintenance. This could include damp proofing, it could mean general cleanup, or even installing some windows if your basement points outside. There are loads of different ways to clear things up in your basement and the idea is to just make it a little more open and organised. We suggest starting by clearing out anything that you don’t need such as old storage boxes and appliances.
Once this is done, you can then start to look at the condition of the walls and supports in your basement. These are essential for whatever you plan to do and it’s a good idea to get them cleaned up. This is also a good time to install any extra electrical outlets and finish any other utility-related projects while you still have a chance. Once you use concrete or drywall to cover up those supports, it’s going to be a bit harder to get into the structure of your home. As such, try to do this part as early as possible.
Of course, if you don’t know what to do with your basement then you can leave this step until much later. For now, just cleaning things up and getting the floors done is a good start. Make sure there are no outstanding issues such as basement leaks and then you can move onto the fun stage; coming up with ideas and designs!
There are really no limitations when it comes to what you can do with your basement. Some people like the idea of turning their basement into a recording studio because the location can help keep out unwanted sound. If you like playing loud music or need a quiet and isolated recording area, then the basement can be a great option. This is a very specialised use case for an empty basement, and there are other similar options that you can consider such as a photo studio, an arts and crafts room, or even a gym.
These options usually require you to dedicate yourself to those specific use cases. This may involve swapping utilities or even installing new ones to help the room serve its purpose. However, if you want something more flexible or have more space to create multiple rooms, then you can always go with a home extension instead.
A home extension via the basement usually means taking your existing decor, flooring, and colours, then transposing them into your basement so that it just feels like another floor. This is a great option if you’re not entirely sure what you want to do with the rooms yet, or if you want to give them lots of different functions. For instance, a fairly large basement floor plan could house a bedroom, a bathroom, and even a small study. Adding three extra rooms like this can make your house seem a lot larger and also greatly improve its value.
Now that we’ve covered some of the basics of what to consider when using an empty basement, here are some of our favourite ideas: