Since we last spoke
- The University of Southern California announced free tuition for families earning under $80k a year, saying “homeownership will no longer factor into its calculations to determine a student’s financial need”.
- Yesterday South Korea reported their first coronavirus-related death.
- Today in physics: Scientist report “flaring object in space may be two supermassive black holes colliding”. No joke.
Most of us might not utilize our basements as heavy as Eric Forman did in That 70’s Show, but they will make or break a home. Regardless if you use your basement as a den, home bar, theatre or a home office, today we will cover some basement essentials.
You will notice that open concepts have become wildly popular, extending into basements. An open concept challenges the traditional “closed” concept by knocking down dividing walls, allowing you to pass freely from room to room. When adding square footage isn’t an option, adopting an open concept will leave your home feeling larger and spacious.
If your go-to after a long day of work is enjoying a cold adult beverage, you should consider adding a home bar to your basement. Highly customizable, this is a great room for having guests over, taking a break from the rest of your home, or even to watch that big sports game. Your design may be as simple as some cabinets with a built-in countertop, or if you opt for a closed concept, you may include a wraparound counter that also features bar stools.
If you desire extra storage space, or simply want to remodel your basement to become a warm living area, a kitchenette will do the trick. A great thing about them is that you do not have to dedicate a large part or even a whole room to your kitchenette, they can be a small addition to any space without being the centerpiece of the room. Since the definition of a kitchenette is a smaller version of a kitchen, you do not have to worry about including all the same features/appliances as a regular kitchen.
If you’ve dreamed of boasting a library in your home and are an avid reader, consider remodeling part of your basement to include a library. Not only must the library be able to hold many books, it must resonate a comfortable and cozy feeling to allow for reading. Since hardwood floors and basements do not mix, engineered hardwood or vinyl plank flooring will allow you to achieve the cozy feel without having to worry about the moisture warping the hardwood.
Built in bookshelves will be sturdier and make your basement feel like a library rather than a book storage area. A heavier, thicker type of wood like cherry or mahogany will further create a feeling of a library.
A basement can either be an extension of your home’s current design or it can be an escape from the rest of your home. Highly versatile, you can convert your basement for a specific purpose or can simply be an area for lounging or relaxing.
While some of these home remodels may be simple, don’t hesitate to reach out to Total Restore for help ranging from simple questions/ideas to remodeling work; we will be glad to help.
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