Creative Uses to Transform Your Lower Level
Basement remodeling projects are one of the quickest and easiest way to gain additional footage in your home. They don’t require extensive construction or framing, and they can be designed to accommodate nearly any homeowner’s needs.
The following ideas offer more original ways to revitalize your home. As with any home renovation project, make sure you work with a professional firm with the proper insurance and licensing, and be sure all permits are approved beforehand. Basements should also be inspected for any water or mold issues before installing drywall and electrical elements.
Need a place to play your guitar without waking up the family? Want to start a rock band? A basement music studio is the ideal place to fill your rock fantasies. Install soundproofing walls, add a few speakers and plug in an amp and microphone. The studio can be as amateur or professional as you want it to be.
Guests will enjoy having a separate space away from their hosts. Create a separate bedroom and bathroom for friends and family to stay the night. It will come in handy during the holiday season and for kid sleepovers. An extra sleeping area usually requires a window, so you may have to install an egress depending on the township you live in.
The pandemic created a major shift in home workout systems. They have become more streamlined, affordable and practical for personal use. The size of your home gym can be as large or as small as you’d like. It can even include add-ons such as saunas or steam rooms.
The Philadelphia area is known for its fan base. From the Eagles to the Phillies and the Flyers, display sports memorabilia and cheer on your home team with your own bar area. The newest designs can be as sophisticated as you’d like them to be. The options are endless, from adding a butler’s pantry or a wine cellar to a built-in fireplace.
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How to Make the Most of Your Space
A successful basement renovation adds an entire floor of living space to your home, creating areas for working, relaxing, and getting fit. Having a usable basement also offers one of the biggest returns on your investment, with up to a 75% increase in value.
There are several creative ways to remodel your basement. Depending on the size and layout, you can create different areas to offer additional living and entertaining space. These include:
More people are working from home than ever before. If you need a quieter area for conference and zoom calls, consider a basement office. You can tailor the room to any size and easily move around your desk seating. A private home office in the lower level allows you to have a peaceful retreat just steps away.
The recent pandemic taught us that home fitness is essential to many. Sales of workout gear and equipment skyrocketed in 2020, and the trend isn’t going away. There are a host of ways to get fit at home, from bikes to rowers and even guided gym mirrors. Create a close, consistent, and clean area to workout with your personal home gym.
Basement bedrooms offer guests much needed privacy and space. They allow friends and family to stay longer over the holidays without much disruption. If in-laws need a place to stay or you want to expand your sleeping areas, you can usually fit a guest bedroom downstairs with little construction work. If you need a window, simply install an egress for natural light.
Bar and Wine Room
Need a place to watch the Eagles? A spot to gather with friends? A home bar is the best of both worlds. It gives you a designated place to sit back and relax over a beer or glass of wine. A bar area can also serve as the neighborhood hangout for a major game. The consistently cooler temperature of a basement is ideal for storing wine as well. Many homeowners build wine storage in their lower level.
If you have small children, you know there are always small toys lying around. Keep your home looking neat with a playroom in the basement. It gives you and your spouse much needed storage space for extra toys and games. You can even add slides, a rock-climbing wall, and other fun features.
Theater or Game Room
Make your home the envy of the neighborhood with a game room. The range of options to choose from is endless. You can fill the game room with a pool table, shuffleboard, arcade games and more. Install a virtual reality area, dart board or electronic putting game. The games you choose are up to you.
Need help getting started? Call DiSabatino’s Interior Remodeling Team, who offers exceptional style and design services for kitchens, bathrooms, basements, bars, laundry rooms or home gyms.
How to Maximize Your Home’s Potential
As homeowners needs continue to evolve, renovation and remodeling specialists predict a few trends to continue and others to drop in popularity.
What projects give you the most return on your time and money? Here’s what designers are expecting in the new year.
Work From Home
The pandemic already changed the way people report to work, creating a high demand for home offices. As more people work from home, a dedicated space for work is extremely desirable. If you can’t commit to an entire room, homes will benefit from carving out an area that’s quieter and more isolated from the main living areas of the home.
Looking for a way to retain their independence while getting the care they need, many senior family members are moving in with their adult children. Home renovation companies have seen a surge in separate in-law additions that benefit both generations. Grandparents help with childcare and household expenses, while living independently with their family members.
Outdoor Living Spaces
The surge in popularity for outdoor kitchens and bars shows no signs of dropping. Open air entertaining areas offer flexibility, additional hosting spaces and enjoyment of your home year-round. Make the most of the outdoors with a custom living space for your whole family to enjoy.
Large kitchens with plenty of island seating remain at the top of homeowner wish lists. If you’re looking to expand your home with an open concept kitchen, DiSabatino’s design team can show you how. An updated kitchen not only increases your enjoyment; it enhances the value of your home.
Eco-friendly, organic and natural elements are increasingly in demand. Major furniture and home decorating companies such as Pottery Barn, West Elm and Williams Sonoma have even designated areas of their offerings to sustainable product lines. As more people search for ways to help the environment when buying new furniture, this trend will only continue to grow.
If you’re interested in updating your home in 2023, give DiSabatino Landscaping a call. Our interior remodeling and renovation team has an extensive portfolio of home renovation projects.
Top Tips to Make the Process Smoother
Before beginning a large home renovation and remodeling project, there are a few things you can do to streamline the project for your family and the people working on your home.
DiSabatino’s landscape and design professionals put together the following tips to prep your property:
Clear Out Your Yard
You don’t need to move anything bulky or heavy, but putting away unnecessary clutter such as children’s toys, bikes or unnecessary items will help the installation crew get started quicker. If you know there are some things in your backyard that you won’t use after the project is completed, now is the time to sell or donate them.
Evaluate Any Safety Issues
Children and pets are less likely to realize the dangers of home renovations. For instance, if an existing deck is being demo’d, there may be a large drop off from your sliding door. Install gates, make sure doors are deadbolted, and place safety cones to keep visitors, young children and furry companions safe from construction areas.
Assign a Work Staging Area
Landscaping and construction materials can be heavy, large and cumbersome. Designate a drop off and storage area ahead of delivery to ensure the project materials aren’t blocking the driveway or entrances. You also want to ensure the area is dry, so puddles don’t form around the piles of stone, brick or wood.
Establish a Timeline
Are you planning on using your new patio or outdoor living space for an upcoming event? Make sure your landscape design firm is aware of any drop-dead dates before the project begins. There’s nothing worse than rescheduling a big event because the project took longer than expected.
In line with the previous point, prepare for reasonable delays. Landscaping firms can’t control the weather, and some points of the project may need to be delayed to ensure the quality of work is maintained. Make sure you build in a week or so in any project timeline.
Following the tips above will help move your next remodeling or renovation project along, so you can begin enjoying your new outdoor space as soon as possible.
Are you looking to add a new room to your home? If so, have you utilized the entire square footage of you home? Why pay for expensive additions when you could make the best use of space that already exists?
Many homeowners who determine they need more space to create entertainment centers, gyms, game rooms or a home office fail to consider their basements as a viable option. Most homeowners use their sizable basements for little more than a junk room or storage area.
Sure basements tend to be more damp and darker than other areas of the home. That should not deter you from considering customizing your basement to add value and livability to your home.
While basement renovations require some specific tactics to avoid mold and mildew from growing, if you work with an experienced professional design expert you could actually improve your home’s energy efficiency!
Unfinished basements are an energy drain because they lack the proper insulation and often siphon off the heat or air conditioning from the living areas of the home. Once properly renovated, a basement can help maintain moderate temperatures in your home by reducing leaks.
The fantastic acoustics of underground space makes a basement a great space for an entertainment center. Many homeowners choose to combine a number of options when committing to a basement renovation.
At DiSabatino Landscaping & Design, we have taken our outdoor design expertise indoors to expertly finish and utilize every inch of basement space in order to create inviting and unique custom basement renovations for our happy clientele.
Check out the beautiful brickwork, inventive ceiling with dark ceiling tiles with inset lighting and gorgeous wood flooring. Make note of the flow of space from the custom bar to the game room to the entertainment center.
Imagine how your guests will be at ease and duly impressed when you invite them over for happy hour, game night or to watch a sports event in your state-of-the-art theater room. A fully customized basement renovation can make entertaining easy peasy!
Whether it is a home office, game room, entertainment center or home gym, we can create a comfortable living area where your family will love spending time!
Transform your unfinished or previously finished basement into a healthier, comfortable living area in no time!
Check out our finished basement pictures for great examples and basement remodeling ideas! And when you’re ready, contact us for a free basement finishing consultation and quote.
If you’re interested in talking with one our design experts regarding a custom basement renovation, call us at 302-764-0408 – email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the form on our architectural design page.