An unfinished basement offers a large blank slate that you can utilize in many ways to suit your family’s needs. Whether your work requires a home office, you wish to add a playroom for your children, or you want a home theater to entertain, the possibilities are limitless.
But then there are times when life changes require you to alter your plans, such as a family member moving in or your home requiring additional living quarters. If you’re looking to add an in-law suite in your basement, keep the following five tips in mind.
Invest in a Full Kitchen and Bathroom
Adding a second full kitchen and full bath to your home may seem like an unnecessary expense, but it will be well worth it in the end. Not only will these two added features in the in-law suite increase your home’s value drastically, but it will also provide privacy and convenience for everyone living in the home.
If aging parents are moving into the suite, walking up and down the stairs for every meal or shower can not only prove to be a hassle, but also a fall risk. Consider choosing aging-in-place solutions in those spaces — such as an ADA compliant toilet and walk-in shower or tub — to fully prepare for any possible future needs. Installing a kitchen and bathroom in your basement can be done on a budget while still looking just as trendy and stylish.
Plan for an Open Concept
Basements are known to be dark and closed-in spaces, but you can avoid making that mistake in your basement remodel by keeping the floor plan an open concept. Instead of boxing all of the rooms in with walls, have the kitchen and living quarters flow together. An open layout will not only make the space feel bigger and brighter, but it will also be an added bonus when entertaining with guests.
Another tip to making your basement feel bigger and brighter is by choosing light paint colors and finishes. Opt for white cabinets in the kitchen and light tile or wood floor. You won’t regret it!
Add a Separate Entrance
While not all basements have the option of occupying a separate entrance, if yours does, consider moving forward with that decision. By making a separate formal entryway, the two families sharing the space will earn a sense of independence and ensure that their varying schedules do not interfere with one another. It will make it feel more like a second home and is an added benefit should you decide to rent out the basement suite in the future.
Utilize the Natural Light
Being underground, basements are almost always dark with very limited natural light and many assume there is no way around that. However, that is not the case! If your basement is ground level or slopes on one side, install a glass slider that leads to a private outdoor patio. This option will provide additional natural light to the in-law suite, as well as a great space to relax and entertain outdoors.
In addition to the glass slider, or if that option is not possible, add window wells that will allow for the installation of tall windows. A few windows can go a long way in brightening the space and making it feel more like home.
Call the Experts
Undertaking a complete basement remodel is a big task and not an easy DIY job. At Eagle Construction and Remodeling, we can turn your basement into your dream space. Call us today to discuss your future ideas.