Our basement used to be a scary place. I knew that the hot water heater could be found down there, but I wasn’t quite sure what other creatures I might stumble across. Thankfully, we decided to clean it out and completely remodel it. Here are some steps that we took and some tips that might help you during the remodeling process.

First, decide what you want to turn your basement into. Ask yourself if you need more living space, a game room, an office, a hobby room, etc. Then, plan as if this project were a small version of a home, and determine the answers to questions like: When will you have time to work on the remodel? How much space do you have to work with? What jobs will you need a contractor for?.

After you have planned the project and begun working, it’s easy to get wrapped up in the big changes. Don’t forget about these two details, though!
1) It’s hard to enjoy your new room if it doesn’t have a good heating/cooling system.
2) You might need new storage space for whatever used to be in your basement. For us, the basement worked best as a game room/entertainment center. The main goal, though, is to transform your basement into something useful. It might have taken a lot of work, but we were able to achieve that with our basement. Now I can hardly stand to leave it. For more examples and information about basement renovation, check out more articles and videos here.

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