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Basement remodeling adds living space to your home without the cost of adding on a home addition. Turning your basement into a beautiful gathering area not only adds space to your home, it also increases property value.

If your home has an unfinished basement, you have space that could be worth thousands of dollars. Here are some ways to make the most of this potential investment.

Basement remodeling tips and finishing ideas

1. How do you want to use added space? Some basements are cellars with dirt floors and stone walls. You can take advantage of cellar space, especially if you like to cook. Cellars can be used for canned goods, smoking meats, storage, an additional freezer, or as a hobby or workspace.  Cellars can even be turned into a second kitchen for holidays or entertaining.

2. Homes that have basements with concrete floors may have electric and heat already, but if not, these can be easily added. Also, you should check for radon, lead paint, and possible toxic fumes from stored chemicals before beginning a basement remodeling project.

3. Consider possible uses for your new living space as you consider the needs of your family. A growing family may need to turn the basement into one or two bedrooms. Building codes require that bedrooms are well vented and heated and that there is a fire escape plan.

Basement space can also be used as a recreation or entertainment room with a television, games, comfortable furniture, or even a refrigerator. A basement can make an excellent playroom for kids.

Another popular idea for basement remodeling is to turn it into home office. This can be done fairly inexpensively by putting up wallboard, adding carpet or tile, and buying office equipment. If the space is large, a hobby room for sewing, reading, writing, or studying can be added as well.

Finishing a basement can fit any budget, and it can be fun to have added space in your home that you never had before. Contact Manzola Carpentry to see if your basement is good candidate for remodeling.

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