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If you’re looking for a new house you know there are slim pickings in the current real estate market. It would be great if your budget got you the house of your dreams, in move-in condition, but that’s not reality for most home buyers. Most will need to invest in renovations to get the most impact and the best return on your investment. And with the price per square foot, you need to make the most of every square inch of your new home. It is time to take a look at the basement.
Many homeowners who want more space think first of building an addition. But it’s not always necessary to add on space. You may already have usable space available in the basement. Basement space is free, you already own it. Basement remodeling may be the best and most economical option.

Once you’ve committed to turning the basement into a new room, you need to establish the overall footprint you’ll be working with. Finishing your basement will take away some storage, so be sure to leave as much room for storage that you actually need in order to avoid having your new living area become a dumping zone.

We live in an area where we have a cold winter.  It is good to have a place in your home where kids can be kids. Drywall all the way to the floor is an option, but there are more durable options as well.  

If your basement always feels to cool or ‘underground’, it may just be a result of your insulation and flooring. Just because your basement is below grade should not mean you feel as if you’re six feet under. Spray foam insulation can raise the R-value and make the basement more comfortable. Make the floors extra durable and warm by installing heated floor mats beneath inexpensive slate floors. Wall-to-wall carpeting is a cheaper alternative.

Basements aren’t usually bright, so many choose to paint the room a light, bright color to make it more cheery. But before you buy gallons of light colored paint, think about how and when you will really use your basement room. What are your living patterns? If it’s a nighttime room, why not dress in a cool, nightshade palette that creates a moody evening atmosphere?

Basement renovations are the perfect solution to adding useable living space to your home for less money than adding a home addition. For more information, contact Manzola Carpentry.

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