7 Tips to Make your Basement Functional

A question we often hear from homeowners like you is “how can I make my basement more functional?” Your basement has the potential to be one of the most functional spaces in your home. With a little planning and effort, we can transform your basement into a space that can be used for a variety of purposes.

Great uses for basement spaces

  • Guest bedroom: If you have frequent guests, a basement can be a great place to create a guest bedroom. This can free up space upstairs for your family and give your guests a private space to stay.
    • Egress can be challenging, but with a window well we can make a great basement bedroom.
  • Family room: A basement can be a great place to create a family room where everyone can relax and unwind. You can add a sofa, TV, gaming system, and other amenities to create a space that is perfect for spending time together.
  • Home office: If you work from home, a basement can be a great place to create a home office. This can give you a dedicated space to work without having to worry about distractions from the rest of the house.
  • Playroom: A basement can be a great place to create a playroom for your children. This can give them a space to play and be creative without having to worry about making a mess upstairs.
  • Gym: If you’re looking for a place to work out, a basement can be a great place to create a home gym. You can add workout equipment, such as a treadmill, elliptical, and weights, to create a space where you can get in shape without having to leave your home.

Making it more functional.

  • Add a dehumidifier. This will help to remove moisture from the air, which can help to prevent mold and mildew growth. This will make the space more comfortable.
  • Add insulation and moisture protection. This will help to keep your basement warm and dry, which will make it more comfortable to use.
  • Add egress windows. These windows will allow for easy escape in the event of an emergency, and depending on how you use this space may be needed for the building code.
  • Install adequate lighting. A basement can be a dark place, so it’s important to install adequate lighting to make it bright and inviting.
  • Add storage solutions. A basement can be a great place to store seasonal items, decorations, and other belongings. Adding storage solutions, such as shelves, cabinets, and bins, can help you to keep your basement organized.
  • Create different zones. If you plan to use your basement for multiple purposes, it’s helpful to create different zones. For example, you could have a zone for relaxing, a zone for working out, and a zone for playing.
  • Add personal touches. Once you’ve added the basics, don’t forget to add personal touches to your basement to make it feel like your own. This could include adding artwork, rugs, and other décor that reflects your style.

If you’re not sure where to start, our team at Almar Building & Remodeling can help you to design and remodel your basement into a space that is both functional and stylish.

Allison Guido

Almar's CEO has over 20 years of experience in the remodeling industry. She is constantly learning and looking for ways to improve our homeowners' remodeling process and experience. Her mission is to break the Contractor Stereo Type and provide a great product at a good price for our homeowners.