It’s a shame that basements are often relegated to being used as storage spaces, given their potential as a living space. Before you decide to renovate it, however, there are a few things you should take into consideration. DreamMaker Kitchen & Bath of Greater Grand Rapids, a top exterior remodeling company in the state, lists these down as well as a few design tips.
Take Into Account How an Egress Window Will Be Integrated Into the Layout
Before customizing the layout of your finished basement, take care of all the required fixtures first. The International Residential Code (IRC) requires you to install an escape window in basement bedrooms.
Use the Idea of Open Concept-Spaces to Create Multi-Purpose Spaces
The layout of most finished basements tends to do away with walls in favor of open spaces, allowing you to move around freely and for areas of the basement to serve multiple purposes. To create an orderly flow in the basement, divide its space into groupings based on a particular use, i.e. a TV area and a dining area.
In particular, we recommend placing the TV area somewhere dark to reduce glare and mimic the feel of a home theater. Snacks and beverages should be placed in an easily accessible area near the couch, so you won’t have to cross in front of the TV to get them. On the other hand, the main socializing area should be placed in the area with the best lighting.
Add Sliding Doors and Movable Screens for More Privacy
Using a layout patterned after the open-spaces concept doesn’t necessarily mean you have to compromise on your privacy. After all, privacy is an important consideration in all remodeling projects, whether they be kitchen or bath remodeling.
For those who want a bit more privacy, they can add sliding doors and movable screens. Partition walls are also a viable option, although they should be used sparingly as installing too many of them can make your basement feel like a labryinth.
Keep in mind finishing a basement is unlike bath or kitchen remodeling. Renovating space below ground level comes with its own set of challenges. That’s why it’s important to hire a qualified remodeler, like DreamMaker Kitchen & Bath – Greater Grand Rapids.
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