Interior Design / October 16, 2018 / Khloe Stclair.
Like any good room, a basement can be "touched up" to add a higher degree of comfort to it. The basement is, in most homes, just wasted space. It holds the power box and fuses. Water pipes run through it. It contains the little odds and ends that are too heavy to lift to the attic. However, there are also people out there who have recognized that the basement is an extra floor to the house, and have begun to refinish their basements accordingly. Here are just a few ideas you may want to indulge in to help you touch up your basement and keep it from becoming nothing more than an oversized closet.
Wall Mounted Shelves - while conventional large cabinets are a bit too bulky to be carried to and from a basement, you can use wall shelves to increase the room's storage space. Just keep in mind that it's best to use superglue to attach these shelves to the walls, as basements usually have much metal running underneath their bare concrete walls. The reason I advocate superglue should be evident to most handymen out there: drilling holes in your wall is all well and good, but suddenly running into a metal bar set in the concrete can absolutely ruin a good drill bit, not to mention the potential accidents that are having your power drill buck in your hand can cause.
Work Bench - the garage is one right place to put a workbench, but since nosy and complaining neighbors are a fact of life, it's a good idea to take your power tools and move to the basement. It's safe, it's secluded, and you can haul most of your projects into and out of the room with ease. If you're the type of handyman who likes making big plans, however, you should consider expanding the door of your basement to accommodate the more significant pieces you'll be working. Another advantage of a basement workbench over a garage one is that you have a lot more room to work with down there.
Since you'll be working with power tools, the last thing you want to do is to give the wife an excuse to nag you about all the noise you're making. The even if you don't go the route of a basement workbench, acoustic lining goes a long way towards not only keeping any noise in the basement from leaking out into the rest of the house, and it also keeps noise from getting into the basement. Gives you a beautiful, peaceful, quiet place to lock yourself up in when you want to be alone with your thoughts.
Usually, it will be hot, humid, and stuffy during the summer, and as cold and frigid as your mother in law's heart during the winter. However, with proper thermal insulation lining the walls and ceiling, the basement can be the LEAST affected room in the house by seasonal changes. The suitable thermal lining can trap heat and warm the room during the winter, and can likewise trap and expel heat during the summer, keeping the room cooler.
Soft-light Lamps - on an aesthetic note, basements should not be dim little affairs. They are already underground, to begin with, so dim lighting adds to the feeling of claustrophobia in a basement. On the other hand, fluorescent lamps are too harsh and glaring for a basement. Classic, old-fashioned light bulbs give a softer light that provides a cellar with a feeling of relaxation and solace.
Bathroom - lastly, think about putting a shower in the basement. It's one of the ideal places to put one since most house's water pipes and heaters situated in the basement. Setting a bathroom here ensures that you get first dibs on the hot water for an excellent steamy shower before the rest of the household does. Also, since most septic tanks located underneath the basement, you won't even have any problems with installing the toilet.