Basements are often overlooked parts of a home. From buying a new home in Connecticut to designing a custom home, the basement should be looked at as a spacious area to create a comfortable living space. A popular idea for basement renovations is to turn these rooms into fun game rooms and recreation areas. By having a pool table, large screen TV, bar, hot tub and other amenities you can make your basement a terrific entertaining room that will be the envy of the neighborhood.
At By Carrier we want your custom home to be the best it can be so we offer some tips for turning basements into great recreation rooms.
Before you get put the sledgehammer and start knocking walls down, have a concrete plan for your home improvement project. You need to decide early on what your basement will be used for; will it be a recreation room for kids with pinball machines and classic popcorn machines or will it be a more adult room with a pool table and wet bar? Knowing in advance what the finished product will be used for will help you get prepared for the project.
Consult with a Professional
Even if you plan on doing the renovations yourself, it is recommended that you consult with a professional contractor first. By enlisting the service of someone with remodeling experience you can avoid common mistakes including disrupting water pipes, tripping electrical wires and disturbing the foundation. A trained pro will be able to guide you early on and ensure you don’t get in over your head.
Don’t assume that because it’s a basement you have endless space to work with. The ceiling height and floor dimensions need to be taken into account so you are careful not to plan something that won’t fit. Pool tables, bars and 60″ Plasma TV’s are not easy to fit and if you do have room for these items you might not have much room for anything else, including walking around the room. Spend time carefully measuring the room you have to work with and the items you want to add to the room to ensure everything will fit.