CALGARY BASEMENT RENOVATION
If you’re looking for extra space to expand your home and haven’t considered the basement, you’re missing out on the possibilities of this perennially underrated room. Long relegated to use as little more than laundry rooms and storage areas, basement remodeling can enable everything from guest suites to media rooms. Try these ideas to turn your lowest room from a cold, dark afterthought into a warm, inviting centerpiece. There is no need to call in over priced Home Renovation Services
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Accentuate the Positive
The obstacles that come with basement renovation ideas are many: little to no natural light, exposed ductwork, concrete structural beams, and low ceilings are just a few problems many homeowners encounter when planning a basement remodel. But instead of looking at the basement as a hopeless case, consider the room’s positive aspects.
A basement provides a lot of raw space to work with, Ductwork can be boxed in with hollow beams or drywall, creating an interesting coffered or soffited ceiling. Or suspended square ceiling panels made of copper or tin can lend a historic feeling. For a more modern look, exposed mechanicals and joists can be painted black to create a trendy, loft-like ambience.
Choose the Purpose Wisely
Choosing the right purpose for the room and planning it wisely can give homeowners a head start on making the area more inviting.
The first thing to do is detail what activities you would like to accommodate, game rooms with a billiards table, poker table, arcade games and bar are well-suited to a basement space, because you don’t have to worry about the weight of the equipment. Creating a moody, masculine game room is a breeze in a dark basement.
Another room that uses a basement’s natural characteristics to its advantage is a home gym. A room that benefits from the cold, like a gym, is a good choice for a basement makeover. Other rooms that work well in basements include home theaters, which benefit from the naturally dark character of the room, and family lounges, which can have open areas that allow little ones to run and explore. A wide expanse of space lends itself to laying out race tracks or large dollhouses
Paint with Purpose
If you’re trying to make a room feel lighter and more inviting, the first instinct is often to wash the walls in white. But it’s time to toss those ideas out the window. People sometimes think, ‘Oh, I’ll paint the walls white, paint the ceiling white, and put in lots of fluorescent lighting’. It makes it really bright, but it also makes it really unpleasant. The key with a basement is really warming up the space to make it an inviting environment.
No matter what function the room will serve, going with colors on the warm end of the spectrum is a good choice – a warm color will really make the space much more livable. Yellows tend to look dingy, colors like a light caramel or a warm ivory can soften the glare from all the lighting without making the room feel too enclosed.
Don’t Forget the Details
When finishing your basement space, don’t forget the details. Because of the sublevel nature of the room, people often neglect finishes that they would put in other areas of the house. Use architectural details just like you would in the rest of the house, crown molding, substantial baseboards, wainscoting, and beadboard ceilings all go a long way toward eliminating the ‘basement’ feeling of living in a substandard space.
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