When most people think of a basement, they think of drab concrete walls and floors, no light and lots of dirt. However, with a little loving care, your basement can easily turn into your favorite room in the house.
Make It More Personal
Turn your basement into the perfect spot for a miniature “staycation.” Base it on your hobbies. Purchase some exercise equipment geared toward your favorite type of exercise, such as cardio machines or yoga products and turn the basement into your own personal gym. You will have no more worries about getting in your workout before the gym closes and no more membership fees.
Move your art supplies downstairs and create your own personal studio. This works well for traditional media, digital media and even photography if the right equipment is purchased. You could even construct a dark room for developing traditional film in one corner. If you work from home, consider moving your office to the basement. Not only will it free up more living space upstairs, it will be more secluded and allow you to be more productive at work. If you prefer something that is more family-friendly, consider adding a stereo system, pool table, television and other games.
Stop Paying For Expensive Theaters
Your basement is already darker than the rest of the house, making it the perfect place to construct your own movie theater. Your first decision should be whether you would prefer to purchase a large (50 inches or larger is best) flat screen television or to purchase a home theater projector. Keep in mind that a projector will need a large white wall to be effective. Once you have made the decision, build your theater. Large drapes on the walls will create better sound quality and keep the room dark like a theater. Invest in a comfortable sofa or several theater chairs for seating and purchase a surround sound system for the ultimate experience. A small refrigerator and snack cabinet will round out the theater. The really ambitious can add a popcorn machine, but if you’re on a budget, a microwave will work just as well. For added oomph, decorate the space with dim purple or red Christmas lights and some movie posters.
Keep Your Wine Perfectly Chilled
A wine cellar is a big project and is only for the truly ambitious, as it is the most expensive investment, will take the most work and requires a lot of patience. A wine cellar must have perfect temperatures and environmental conditions. If it isn’t installed the right way, it could ruin your basement’s walls and the wine itself. A wine cellar requires several components, including a cooling system, coverings for the cellar’s walls and ceiling, a floor and doors. You will also need to factor in lighting and monitoring for wine cellar. Since the project is so big and needs to be as well-done as possible, it is advised to hire a professional for this project.
Author Bio, Jennie is an interior designer and blogger living in Utah. For those in the market for new homes in Utah, she recommends Perry Homes, for their quality, style and value.