Finishing a Basement for Year Round Use

January 22, 2018

For most homeowners, the basement is a much needed living space that serves many purposes. Whether it's a quiet place to read, a rec room for the kids or something special to fit your special interests-a basement can add living space to any sized home. 

While a rec room is a common request for most homeowners, it can become a catch-all space lacking in designated organization. Check out our list below for ideas that you may not have thought of for planning your basement remodel! 


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1. Media Room

Media rooms have the reputation of luxury, as some homeowners cannot afford to forego the extra needed living when having smaller children. A media room is actually a good investment for your home, as more and more homeowners are skipping the theaters and staying home to watch their beloved shows and movies. 

The nice thing about the media room is that it can grow with your family. Whether it's the smaller kids having a sleepover, teenagers needing a space to hang with friends, or an adult gathering, a media room can be the ideal space for entertainment in your home. 




2. Music Room

While every family may not have professional musicians around, most children explore playing musical instruments while in school. Having a dedicated space for this activity can save you from growing a few more gray hairs! Soundproofing insulation between the main floor and the basement will be a life saver when it comes to peace of mind, especially if you or your children play the drums. 


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3. Wine Cellar

Wine cellars used to be viewed as only being available to homeowners that had a large renovation budget or a luxury room, but more and more homeowners are opting to have a wine cellar installed. This is especially true for homeowners that love their neighborhood and don't want to move, even after their children have left the nest. 


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4. Wet Bar

Wet bars are another design feature we are seeing a lot of in basements. Homeowners want a "grown-up" space where they can unwind with friends and family. Like the wine cellar, a wet bar can add serious value to your home. 

If your children are still young, consider planning for now and the future. You can use a wine fridge as a beverage cooler that can hold different beverages for all members of the family. Keeping liquor in higher cabinets, keeps it out of reach for the curious hands of young children. 




5. In-Law Suite or Apartment

With a large numbers of Baby Boomers retiring over the next decade, having a place for mom and dad to stay can be crucial when it comes to making sure they are provided for in a safe and economical way. 

A good number of homeowners are choosing to add an in-law suite to their basements. This area can accommodate a bedroom, bathroom and even a small kitchenette. It gives your parents their privacy, while still being able to be a part of the family. 



If you live in the Northern Virginia area and you’re interested in a free estimate, or would like to know how Lensis Builders, Inc. can make your home even better, give us a call at 703-367-8999 or fill out a short contact form. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next project, visit our Pinterest page.