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Remodeling the Basement is the perfect way to add much needed space to the home you love for less, without an addition. Winter is Milford, MA is the perfect time to start this project. Looking for some basement finishing tips? Here are a few favorites:

1. Make a Family Room or Rec Room

Basements are the perfect space for casual social activities for the whole family, or just for the kids. Add a big screen TV, pool table, games and craft supplies.

Make this space inviting by finishing and decorating it like any upstairs room. Choose comfortable furnishings that can be easily rearranged to accommodate a few people or a crowd. Incorporate sound systems, internet connections, and good lighting to make the space functional.

2. Include a Bedroom and Bath

A basement bedroom and full or half bath makes an ideal suite for guests or teens. To comfortably fit a double bed, you'll need a room with a minimum of 125 square feet. If twin beds will serve your needs better, plan on at least 150 square feet.

Building codes also require that basement bedrooms have an emergency exit that leads directly outside, either through a door or a window.

3. Add a Wet Bar Area or Laundry Room

A wet bar or mini kitchen in the basement makes entertaining much easier. The inclusion of a mini kitchen makes a basement with a bed and bath into an entire guest suite. A kitchen requires access to hot and cold water, as well as electrical outlets.

A laundry room is a good idea in the basement, but it needs a floor drain and access to an outside wall to vent the dryer.

4. Design an Attractive and Safe Staircase

You already have stairs to the basement, but when you're remodeling, make sure they meet code and look good. If they're not in a convenient location, consider moving them to a better spot.

5. Change or Add Windows and Doors

Adding or enlarging basement windows and adding exterior doors add natural light and ventilation which will significantly increase your enjoyment of this living space.

6. Finish the Walls for Inviting Ambiance

Foundation walls are usually made of poured concrete or stacked concrete block, materials that reinforce the feeling of the basement as a secondary space. To give the basement main-floor style, cover the concrete with another material like: drywall, plywood, paneling, or paint over the concrete.

7. Finish Basement Ceilings

You have three basic options for finishing basement ceilings. Conceal the joists, pipes, and ductwork with drywall or paneling, hide everything with a suspended or drop ceiling, or leave everything exposed and paint it with a sprayer.

8. Choose Comfortable, Practical Flooring

Unless you install a plywood subfloor, your basement floor is likely to be a concrete slab. Fortunately, concrete accepts most common flooring choices, from paint to vinyl, laminate, tile, and carpet.  Most solid wood flooring is not recommended for below-grade installations.

9. Add Good Lighting

A good lighting plan is key to making your basement an inviting gathering spot. Recessed cans like these create overall illumination as well as task and accent lighting for the bookshelves and artwork. In addition to recessed lights, consider track lights and pendants to eliminate shadows on surfaces where you'll be working, playing, or reading.

10. Build in Storage

The basement is often a catchall storage space for everything. As you remodel to make the most of your basement's square footage, plan for attractive, well-designed storage, too.

For more information or tips on basement remodeling, contact Manzola Carpentry.


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