Pooja Khanna Tyagi
A Basement renovation provides a wonderful opportunity to create extra space and incorporate some fun areas like a bar, den, home theatre or a gaming room. With careful planning, good lighting, proper selection of material and trendy decor ideas, one can transform the basement into a stunning space. Here are six things to consider if you plan to go for a full-fledged basement renovation.
Waterproof the basement
The first step is to check the basement for any leaks or dampness which can result in the growth of mould. If there are any sources of water penetration like cracks or leakages from the building pipelines, these should be rectified immediately.
Ensure good ventilation
Since there are fewer windows within the basement, one must ensure proper ventilation by incorporating exhaust fans. This is the best way to extract moist air from the basement and replace it with fresh air.
Create an elegant staircase
Design the staircase as an accent feature. Convert this area into a focal point by incorporating a floating staircase, use different material or colours to differentiate between the treads and the risers, install statement lights, go for built-in storage under the stair soffit and so on. Make sure that all window openings in the basement are big enough for one to climb out in case of a fire emergency if the staircase is inaccessible.
Go for a stylish decor
If you plan to use the basement as a bar or a gaming space, go for an open plan design with minimum walls. This will give the basement an airy look. Incorporate backlighting, contrasting colours, statement pieces of furniture, wall art, modern carpets and plush fabrics. Keep in mind that you cannot incorporate a bathroom in the basement as it is not permitted as per building bylaws. Alternately, create an audio-visual room by installing a screen, set of speakers, amplifiers, acoustic panels on the walls and ceiling, mood lighting and comfortable recliner chairs that combine together to create a stunning decor. Create a clutter-free and well-organised space by wall mounting the television and speakers.
Good lighting is a great way to enhance the overall look of the decor. Since most basements have limited access to natural light, it is essential to incorporate sufficient lighting with artificial lights. This can be achieved by creating a layered lighting scheme with a combination of ambient, task and accent lighting that makes the place warm and inviting.
Select sturdy material
Since most basements are prone to dampness, it is highly recommended to go for material that is maintenance free and won’t decay or disintegrate in the presence of moisture. Opt for sturdy materials like porcelain tiles, natural stone and moisture-resistant (MR) plywood. Avoid flooring material like laminated wood because it can swell and get damaged if there’s any moisture.
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