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Title: Unfinished Basement Ideas 11 Cool Basement Renovation Tips That Rock


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Unfinished Basement Ideas 11 Cool Basement
Renovation Tips That Rock
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  • Your unfinished basement is an empty canvas that
    has the potential to add valuable new living
    space to your home.
  • Your basement room can become your home office, a
    place to entertain guests, or even your personal
    man cave or lady cave! And dont let anyone tell
    you a woman cant have her own lady cave. Its
    2017, and the woman cave is real.
  • If a full basement remodel isnt in the cards
    right now, there are plenty of small changes that
    can be made to your unfinished basement to liven
    up the space.

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  • Here are a few budget friendly ideas and
    inspiration to help you take your unfinished
    basement from drab to fab!
  • 1. Build a storage space. If youre like many
    homeowners, your basement is currently a
    catch-all of boxes, tools, and out-of-season
    decorations. If youre going to turn your
    unfinished basement into livable space, these
    odds and ends need a place to go. Installing
    storage shelves or a new closet is a great way to
    take advantage of vertical space and keep the
    floor clear.

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  • 2. Paint the walls. Its remarkable what a fresh
    coat of paint can do for a room. Light, airy
    colors such as such as robins egg blue, buttery
    yellow, or soft gray are ideal for basement walls
    since they help an enclosed room feel open. You
    could also add interest to the area by painting
    one wall with a bright accent color.

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  • Many basement walls are comprised of concrete
    blocks. These absorb a good deal of paint, making
    the chore a pain, so youll definitely want to
    hire a professional for the job!
  • 3. Spruce up your basement floor. Give your
    basement floor new life by covering up the old
    concrete. This is a great place to incorporate
    another light color into your decor. Install
    comfortable beige carpet or durable wood laminate
    with a warm maple finish.

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  • If youd rather leave the concrete untouched, a
    little basement floor paint can work wonders. A
    professional paint job can even make it look like
    youve installed expensive stone tiles on your
    basement floor.
  • 4. Boost your basement lighting. Basement windows
    (if there are any) are often small and dont let
    in much natural light. To help your newly space
    feel cozy and inviting, its critical to overhaul
    your basement lighting and install new lighting
    fixtures.

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  • Here are just a few basement lighting ideas
  • If your basement has low ceilings, avoid hanging
    light fixtures.
  • Recessed lighting fixtures, such as can lights,
    conserve space and provide strong overall light.
  • Track lighting is a stylish choice for large
    spaces and works especially well if you dont
    want the installer to cut into the basement
    ceiling or add electrical boxes.
  • Wall-mounted lights can provide additional
    lighting in sections of the room that call for
    extra brightness, such as near a pool table or a
    reading chair.

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  • Regardless of what lighting fixtures you choose
    for your basement, the important thing is making
    sure theres enough light. Remember, its a man
    cave (or woman cave!) and not an actual cave.
  • 5. Install basement windows. Of course, if you
    have the opportunity to enlarge your windows, go
    for it! Beefing up just a few of the windows in
    your basement space will significantly increase
    the amount of light that shines into the room.

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  • If you want to install new basement windows, it
    will depend a lot on how much of your lowest
    level is underground.
  • A professional contractor will be able to
    evaluate how feasible installing or replacing
    basement windows will be. If installing or
    replacing basement windows is something youd
    like to do, Homeowners Hub can schedule an
    in-home evaluation with a specialized contractor.

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  • 6. Trim surrounding shrubs. One of the best ways
    to take advantage of your existing basement
    windows doesnt actually involve any work in the
    basement. If there are large bushes in front of
    your basement windows, some outdoor pruning can
    liven up your indoor space. A landscaper can trim
    them back or even remove any obtrusive bushes to
    allow more light into the room.

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  • 7. Consider basement waterproofing. Unless you
    want to go all out and turn your unfinished
    basement into an indoor pool, you probably dont
    want a lot of water in your new space. Basement
    waterproofing is a must if there is excessive
    moisture downstairs.

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  • A full-scale exterior waterproofing may not be
    necessary for every basement. Sometimes sealing a
    few cracks and waterproofing just the interior
    basement walls is enough. If flooding is an
    issue, as it is in some parts on New Jersey, it
    never hurts to install a French drain in the
    basement.
  • A contractor who specializes in basement
    waterproofing (or alternately, indoor pools) can
    help you determine the best course of action.
    Luckily, Homeowners Hub can connect you with
    either!

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  • 8. Cover (or paint) the basement ceiling.
    Unfinished basement ceilings arent usually much
    to look at. If you have an old, dingy ceiling,
    consider having it covered with attractive wood
    panels, artsy metal tiles, or even a simple,
    fresh coat of white paint.

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  • 9. Heat the space. No one wants to hang out in a
    chilly basement. If borderline frigid describes
    your downstairs space, its time to warm it up.
    Two good options for basement remodels are
    baseboard heat, which is installed along the
    walls of the room, and under-floor radiant heat,
    which involves pipes that lie under the flooring.

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  • Both of these options are permanent installations
    that will effectively heat your basement living
    area so it becomes a comfortable spot for
    sleeping, working or lounging.
  • 10. Finish the basement stairs. The steps provide
    an introduction to the room, but basement steps
    are often made of bare wood or covered with old
    linoleum.

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  • A makeover of the basement stairs will really set
    the scene for your newly decorated basement
    space. At a minimum, a fresh coat of paint is a
    must for wood basement steps. If youre going for
    a more dramatic change, consider covering your
    stairs with carpet or vinyl flooring.

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  • 11. Install a Railing. If your basement staircase
    doesnt have a railing, now is the time to have
    one put in. Since your downstairs area will now
    be so much more inviting, youll find yourself
    walking down the steps more often than you used
    to. A sturdy railing will help make every descent
    into your underground oasis a safe one.

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