Old basements are usually damp, dark and smell musty. It’s an unattractive area of your home. If you’re thinking of remodeling your basemen,t you probably need some good ideas. Thousands of Americans do it each year, so why shouldn’t you? Listed in this article are seven ideas you can use to remodel your basement.
A root cellar is probably one of the most common uses for a basement. Due to its constant temperature and dark spaces, a root cellar for storing canned goods and vegetables is one of the best if not most common uses for a basement. You can store last year’s garden produce for most of the winter.
A wine cellar is another great use for your old basement. Wine has been stored underground for centuries and your basement is no exception. With a few well placed shelves against a wall where there are no windows, you can store bottles of wine for years to come. If you add some drawers to the shelves you can also have a great place to store those fine breads and cheeses that are eaten along with a great bottle of wine.
Laundry Room and Storage
Lots of people use their basement for a laundry room, but you can add to that by making a dry storage for summer clothes. By adding a small well insulated room to the center of your basement you can have the ultimate dry storage. Another great idea to a dry room is to add shelves along the outside of the dry room to store unused household appliances. Not everyone needs to have their bread maker handy or that old waffle iron. By storing these unused kitchen appliances you can free up additional space in your kitchen.
The family needs a place to play, so why not add on a recreation room? Whether your whole family uses the room or it’s an addition for the kid’s toys, the basement is a great place for families to come to unwind. During the winter when outside activities are limited, it’s a great place for kids to play without bothering the people upstairs who might need a little peace and quiet.
Exercise is important but it’s not always easy or affordable to go to a gym. You can have your own home gym in your basement very easily. It doesn’t need to be filled with lots of expensive exercise equipment to be a good gym. A jump rope, a pull up bar and some weights work great and it’s very affordable. A cheap and great idea also is to put a few mirrors along the wall for that real gym look.
Workshops can be cold and drafty in the winter so why not have one in the heated basement? With a little ventilation fan and a few work benches you can turn your old basement into something every guy loves; a workshop. Basements have their own power supply already and most already have a concrete floor. A workshop is also a great place for you to do hobbies or craft work.
A home office is something we all could use from time to time. If you’re just using it to pay bills and keep your home organized, or if you’re a work at home professional, a home office is a great way to remodel that old basement.
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