Design 101: Basements

As in any new project around your home, the first thing to think about is how you plan on using the space. Spend some serious time brainstorming about this, even if you think you already know the answer. Make a list of things you wish your home had like, a family room, playroom, extra bedrooms, theater room, pool table, bar, craft area, workshop, walk in closet, music room, and the list goes on. Brainstorm with your family and write down all of your ideas. Set your list aside for a few days and then rationally work through this list and edit, prioritizing which ones are those most important to you and your family based on your lifestyle.

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The next step is to start designing your floor plan based on your list. This is where a professional comes in handy because, chances are, you will not be able to fit everything you want into the space you have or in the budget you have. A professional can help you walk through the different options that do work for you and help you make an informed decision. Finding a plan that works for you is usually a compromise between features and finishes. For instance, you may need to chose between Berber carpet and the custom cabinetry or between built in surround sound and that fancy new sofa you’ve been eyeing.

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When balancing your budget and making compromises regarding your dream design and the one you can practically afford try to keep in mind that, “Rome wasn’t built in a day” There are some things, like your furniture, that you can save up for and buy later so it may make more sense to add your built in surround sound now while the contractor already has the drywall open; You don’t want to be ripping up your walls a few months down the road. These are silly examples but I think that they help make my point.




2 thoughts on “Design 101: Basements

  1. My basement advice is to always keep flooding in mind – keep anything important off the ground and in waterproof containers!

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