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Basements and Rec Rooms

 

 

Stylish Basement Remodels

When we think of a basement, a dark, unwelcoming room usually comes to mind. We think of an undecorated, boring space that most people use for storage. Basements don’t have to be stuck with this unpleasant reputation. We can change the look and feel of basements with a simple remodel. However, if your basement has never been worked on, you will need to start with a basic, overall finishing. Exposed pipes and concrete walls aren’t ready for design ideas!

 

Light
Adding light, whether it is natural or artificial, can make a significant difference in your basement’s overall feel. Since basements tend to be dark and gloomy, adding light should be your first step. If part of your basement is above ground, take advantage of this by having as many windows as possible. You should let in natural light wherever possible so look for simple window treatments that allow the most light to pass through.
When natural light isn’t an option, artificial light can be used abundantly to create a warm atmosphere. No fluorescent light please! (While fluorescent lighting is very cost effective and energy efficient, it is not the most appealing option speaking in terms of design.) Table and floor lamps work well and some ceiling lighting can be used also.

 

Color
Seeking out bright or dramatic color schemes should be your goal for your basement decor. Varying shades of red, blue, yellow, orange, and green add color and character to this notoriously dark room. If you already have a couch in your basement, try a bright slipcover to change the look and add coordinating pillows. Throw down some unique rugs to add texture and variety. Repaint the walls and put up new artwork.
If you are in the process of choosing furniture, you might want to consult a decorator to help you create your desired look.

 

Accessories
Basements should be fun places for children and adults to escape. A true advantage of the basement is that it removes one from the rest of the world. We feel safe and secure. Add anything you love to your basement. If music is your passion, a stereo system can provide you hours of listening enjoyment in your comfortable, isolated basement. If you have children, add a table suited for playing games. For adults who like to play games too, invest in a pool table or pinball machine. An entertainment system with surround sound can transform this room into a home theater. Any of these options are sure to make your basement a fun and popular retreat for your family and friends.
Since basements tend to accumulate items that need to be stored away, try to keep your stored items to one part of the basement. Ideally, you will have a separate room or closet in your basement that can serve as storage. If this is not the case, consider building a closet into a corner to contain those items. Having an organized basement is key to the overall appeal. Think through your options, use your dreams, and get busy redesigning your basement!

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Why a Finished Basement?

 

When most people think of an addition to their home, they think about adding on to the existing structure. What many seem to forget is that their “addition,” already 30% completed, is literally right under their noses –  in the basement.
Realtor surveys consistently show that finished basements rank just behind kitchen renovations and bathroom renovations in recompensing homeowners. Payback on the cost of remodeling the basement comes in at between 20% to 115%. Keep in mind, though, that this means professionally finished basements. Unprofessionally finished basements are a minus.

Homeowners are recommended to delay or not undertake the renovation at all if they can’t afford to do it properly. Prospective buyers have consistently shown themselves uninterested in undoing . . . or living with . . . the mistakes and miscues commonplace when would-be do-it-yourselfers find themselves in over their heads.

 

By remodeling their newly-found additions, homeowners gain several advantages:

  •     Basements are naturally insulated by the earth, which means they’re cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter
  •     Moving the family room, home entertainment center, home office, or children’s playroom to the basement frees up additional space in the main living area, which can mean an expanded kitchen or bath, a larger master bedroom, or an additional guest bedroom or living quarters.
  •     Of course, if the house does not currently have room for a family room, home office, etc., one can be built economically in the basement.
  •     By putting a home entertainment center, exercise area, workroom or other “activity” room in the basement, the rest of the house can be quieter and more stress free. Conversely, a den, sauna or whirlpool can be put in the basement as a quiet retreat from other household activity

Basements and Rec Rooms

 

 

Stylish Basement Remodels

When we think of a basement, a dark, unwelcoming room usually comes to mind. We think of an undecorated, boring space that most people use for storage. Basements don’t have to be stuck with this unpleasant reputation. We can change the look and feel of basements with a simple remodel. However, if your basement has never been worked on, you will need to start with a basic, overall finishing. Exposed pipes and concrete walls aren’t ready for design ideas!

 

Light
Adding light, whether it is natural or artificial, can make a significant difference in your basement’s overall feel. Since basements tend to be dark and gloomy, adding light should be your first step. If part of your basement is above ground, take advantage of this by having as many windows as possible. You should let in natural light wherever possible so look for simple window treatments that allow the most light to pass through.
When natural light isn’t an option, artificial light can be used abundantly to create a warm atmosphere. No fluorescent light please! (While fluorescent lighting is very cost effective and energy efficient, it is not the most appealing option speaking in terms of design.) Table and floor lamps work well and some ceiling lighting can be used also.

 

Color
Seeking out bright or dramatic color schemes should be your goal for your basement decor. Varying shades of red, blue, yellow, orange, and green add color and character to this notoriously dark room. If you already have a couch in your basement, try a bright slipcover to change the look and add coordinating pillows. Throw down some unique rugs to add texture and variety. Repaint the walls and put up new artwork.
If you are in the process of choosing furniture, you might want to consult a decorator to help you create your desired look.

 

Accessories
Basements should be fun places for children and adults to escape. A true advantage of the basement is that it removes one from the rest of the world. We feel safe and secure. Add anything you love to your basement. If music is your passion, a stereo system can provide you hours of listening enjoyment in your comfortable, isolated basement. If you have children, add a table suited for playing games. For adults who like to play games too, invest in a pool table or pinball machine. An entertainment system with surround sound can transform this room into a home theater. Any of these options are sure to make your basement a fun and popular retreat for your family and friends.
Since basements tend to accumulate items that need to be stored away, try to keep your stored items to one part of the basement. Ideally, you will have a separate room or closet in your basement that can serve as storage. If this is not the case, consider building a closet into a corner to contain those items. Having an organized basement is key to the overall appeal. Think through your options, use your dreams, and get busy redesigning your basement!

100% Satisfaction
Over 25 years experience
Superior quality service
Always delivering on our promise
Insured and bonded
Licensed & Certified

CONTACT US

Office:1.888.828.2227
Fax: 1.888.464.2227
E-Fax: 1.888.933.7476
Email: Sales@zeesgroup.com

Why a Finished Basement?

 

When most people think of an addition to their home, they think about adding on to the existing structure. What many seem to forget is that their “addition,” already 30% completed, is literally right under their noses –  in the basement.
Realtor surveys consistently show that finished basements rank just behind kitchen renovations and bathroom renovations in recompensing homeowners. Payback on the cost of remodeling the basement comes in at between 20% to 115%. Keep in mind, though, that this means professionally finished basements. Unprofessionally finished basements are a minus.

Homeowners are recommended to delay or not undertake the renovation at all if they can’t afford to do it properly. Prospective buyers have consistently shown themselves uninterested in undoing . . . or living with . . . the mistakes and miscues commonplace when would-be do-it-yourselfers find themselves in over their heads.

 

By remodeling their newly-found additions, homeowners gain several advantages:

  •     Basements are naturally insulated by the earth, which means they’re cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter
  •     Moving the family room, home entertainment center, home office, or children’s playroom to the basement frees up additional space in the main living area, which can mean an expanded kitchen or bath, a larger master bedroom, or an additional guest bedroom or living quarters.
  •     Of course, if the house does not currently have room for a family room, home office, etc., one can be built economically in the basement.
  •     By putting a home entertainment center, exercise area, workroom or other “activity” room in the basement, the rest of the house can be quieter and more stress free. Conversely, a den, sauna or whirlpool can be put in the basement as a quiet retreat from other household activity