101+ Basement Designs and Ideas

So you have decided to turn that dark, dank basement into a warm, inviting piece of your home! Remodeling this concrete room can be incredibly rewarding in creating a space you and your kids will love spending time in. Here is some advice on how to do just that.


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FAQs About How to Design a Basement

Does finishing my basement really add to the value of my home?

An average of 73.9% of the cost of a basement project is recovered when the property is sold, which is one of the biggest returns in investment found in home remodeling projects. Additionally, by providing adequate basement insulation, you should be saving in both heating and cooling costs annually.

How long will finishing my basement take?

This answer is based on the number of professionals you use or if you are just planning on completing this project yourself. Remodeling your basement can be one of the most grueling remodeling projects you can undertake, so plan to commit to it for the long haul as you work through the various layers needed in order to properly complete this project.

What is the best option for basement walls?

A plastic wall paneling system may be the best option for your home if you live in a moist climate. These wall panels can drain water into a gutter that is installed behind the panels. This helps prevent moisture from accumulating.

Wood paneling is a good option that is durable and inexpensive, and installation is relatively easy

Drywall is often used when you simply need to get a job done. If time is your most pressing matter, this is the best choice for you. However, drywall is a relatively weak wall choice and moisture can readily get in.

What is the best option for basement flooring?

Hardwood floors are a poor choice when it comes to basement flooring. They are not water resistant and can actually harvest and promote the growth of mold and mildew, which can affect your health.

Floor tiles with a vapor barrier address most of the issues found in basement flooring. They prevent moisture from entering the basement and they have molded plastic bases that cause the tiles to raise slightly off the floor. This allows the floor beneath them to breath, which can prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.

Additionally, floor tiles are easy to install and there is a wide selection of varieties. They are also easy to cut if there are any weird angles or corners your flooring has to work around. On the downside, these products are not natural and you have to be careful of harmful chemical compounds.

Floating floors allow for you to install a moisture barrier between the floating floor and the subfloor. This prevents moisture from getting in. This floor style is a good choice for a basement as long as they are properly sealed and installed over a moisture barrier.

Ceramic tile is a highly durable, water-resistant flooring. Because it is glazed, water cannot penetrate this floor tile. With this sort of flooring, it is not susceptible to mold or mildew growth; however, the grout can be, so routine maintenance is necessary.

Epoxy sealed concrete flooring is low-maintenance, easy to install, and inexpensive. This floor is highly resistant to water damage, germs, bacteria, stains, and cracks. On the downside, this is a very cold and hard floor option, but nothing that an area rug can’t solve!

What is the best option for basement ceiling?

It is true that the typical basement ceiling is a drop-ceiling. They are known for being easy to install and a good noise dampening option. They also create the option for easy access to whatever pipes and wiring you may have that runs along your basement ceiling.

However, these ceilings are also known for their ugliness and lowering the value of your house. The tile of a drop ceiling can absorb moisture, which can cause your ceiling to sag. And in the shortened height of a basement, who wants to lose valuable vertical inches?

That being said, if you are considering installing a drop-ceiling, you should ask a few realtors before you fully commit to that option. Using drywall on your ceiling might be a more expensive option, but this choice pays for itself in the long run.

Is there a way to bring natural light into my basement?

Yes, if you have a small window or several located in your basement, you can maximize the natural light exposure to your room by using reflective methods surrounding these windows. You should use light colors on the walls and if any of your hanging art pieces involve mirrors, you can try to position them so they reflect the light into the room.

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