Updating your basement is one of the easiest ways to increase the value of your home and add much needed living space. Whether you are starting from scratch or redoing a retro basement, there are a number of upgrades you can do to get a comfortable, affordable, high end look.
Discard the Vintage Carpet or Tile
Many basements were once finished with hideous flooring, including bad tile and shag carpet. If your basement still features this perhaps it is time to update. When you eventually decided to update it is important to keep in mind budget, purpose and style. If you want an affordable option that will keep your feet warm opt for a modern carpet in a plush Berber or new styles that feature interesting patterns or textures. When laying carpet in the basement it is a good idea to lay an under padding that has anti-microbial protection to discourage mould and mildew growth in the moist, damp environment. Another good option is a nice hardwood that will lighten up the darker space. You can then add an area rug in your main seating area for warmth as well as to anchor the decor of the room.
Update the Bar
Many older homes come equipped with full size wet bars, unfortunately many homeowners have chosen to leave them in their original state, making them severly outdated. Look at tearing out the current bar and adding modern finishes such as sleek new cabinetry, updated wine coolers and granite counter tops. Add stylish recessed lighting as well as mood lighting beneath the counter for an interesting look. You can then finish your bar update with contemporary seating.
Paint the Fireplace
You would be surprised how a fresh coat of paint can make an old fireplace look like new. Consider the current look of your fireplace and think of other ways you can make an update. Replace or add a new mantle and consider adding a nice marble hearth at the front. You can also add a tile surround in a modern mosaic such as stainless steel or something a little cozier like river stone.
Add a Bathroom
A new bathroom is a must. Depending on your space and budget you can either do a powder room or add a full bathroom complete with steam shower and soaker spa tub.
These updates will offer a modern, comfortable space your family will love while increasing the value of your home.