8 Exquisite Basement Renovation and Development Ideas

March 23, 2020
March 23, 2020 Colin Ernst

Although fewer and fewer homes have been being built with new basements, the number of people who have finished basement development in their homes is on the rise. It is especially the case in large houses, of which over 18% have completed basements that are a part of the home’s living space. Over 5% of small homeowners that have basements also have chosen to take the leap and finish up their basement.

If you have a spacious basement in your home but allow it to sit there, gathering dust and remaining unfinished, why? An unfinished basement can be turned into a whole new part of the existing home, adding space to work, relax, and exercise. Getting a basement renovated is a smart and exciting way to make your home feel fresh, new, and relaxing.

Here, we’re going to discuss some of the ways that you can turn your basement into a living space. Read on to make your house feel even more like a home than it already does!

Practical Paths

Before you can start designing a basement that makes you feel at home, you’ll need to make sure that it has all the essential factors to make you feel at home. Whether that’s electricity to make appliances run or a functioning toilet, you won’t be able to feel at home unless you have these fundamental features installed. Read on to learn about how to prime your basement to become an inhabitable space that you can have fun designing!

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1. Electrical Assistance

Before you can decorate your basement in any way, you’re going to need to install electricity. Without this first installation, you won’t be able to illuminate your space, let alone watch TV or listen to music. That’s why the first thing you’ll want to do when making your basement liveable is to look into getting a complete electrical package.

Not only can circuit breakers, panels, and wiring be quickly and inexpensively installed into your basement, but we’ll also help you to wire your electricity to ceiling fans, in-floor heating, and into other electronic appliances. Get started and take the first step to make your basement into an expanded living space!

2. Bathroom Renovation

After your basement has electricity, you’re going to need to ensure that the bathroom in it is renovated. Many Canadians have bathrooms in their unfinished basements that they haven’t been in for a long time. If you fall into this group, it’s time to get that checked out. Even if you don’t fall into this group, you can get a restroom installed within your basement to ensure that you’re always nearby.

Click here to request an estimate on how much it will cost to renovate or install a bathroom into your belowground living space. We guarantee that it’s worth it!

Contemporary Constructions

Once your basement is fundamentally made into a liveable space, it’s time to make it a part of your home. If you’re a fan of modern, sleek decor, you’re going to love some of the most popular and beautiful contemporary designs on the market today. Read on to learn some of the ways that you can make your basement feel fresh, fun, and new.

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3. Minimalism in Basement Development

One of the most significant trends in interior design now is minimalism. It is the idea that less is more, so you’ll only have a small amount of furniture and decorations in your space. The main goal of minimalism is to eliminate a cluttered look because a clear space leads to a clear mind. Try only to have one couch, one piece of wall art, and a simple bookshelf and chest of drawers.

When you incorporate minimalist decor, you’ll want to use no more than two colours in your basement. One of these colours should be white (or off-white), but you can get creative with the other one. Robin’s-egg blue and pastel yellow are good suggestions because it’s easy to find furniture and lampshades in these light hues. Additionally, pastel colours are both calming and energizing at the same time, making them the perfect colours for a modern space.

4. Entertainment Centers

Whether or not you choose to go minimalist, an entertainment center should be incorporated into your basement renovation. It is essentially a large wooden fixture with cabinets, drawers, and space for a TV. Here, you’ll be able to watch your favourite shows, play video games, and store the novels that you love to read over and over.

If you’re going for a minimalist aesthetic, you can install your entertainment center into a wall and paint the same colour you choose for your carpet and flooring. It allows you to have all the home entertainment you want while still allowing it to blend in with your decor.

5. Funky Lighting

The best way to make a room feel modern is by incorporating bright lighting into your decor. One way to do this is by installing floodlights around the top of your room. When you call us in to fix your electricity, we’ll be more than happy to help you set this up. Additionally, you should choose brightly coloured and fun-shaped light fixtures to place behind your couch or in corners of the room.

If you do not want minimalist, which is a valid option, you might even want to experiment with coloured lighting! It is a great way to make your basement feel unique when it’s finished and show off your eclectic personality.

Vintage Vibes

While contemporary styles are a lot of fun, you may be someone who prefers things to be antique and homelike. If that’s you, you’re in luck- there are a lot of basement designs and features that can be used to take you back to a simpler time. Read on to learn how to give your basement a soft and warm vintage feel so that you can curl up with a good book and feel at home.

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6. Antique Rugs and Furniture

If you want to give your basement a sophisticated and warm look, antique rugs and furniture are the way to go. These high-quality furnishings go with pretty much any colour scheme because there are so many diverse styles. To give your room a rustic vibe, pair a rug or couch from the late 1800s or early 1900s with sturdy oak cabinets and flooring.

There are a lot of benefits to purchasing antiques beyond the aesthetic, too. They’re high-quality, but they’re also handmade and unique- every piece is a one-of-a-kind object that a creator poured their heart into designing. Antiques are also good for the environment and add a personality and flair to your home that would otherwise not exist.

7. Classic Art and Wall Designs

To go with your antique furniture, you’re going to want to invest in some period art and wall designs. There are a vast number of old paintings on the market that can be bought from independent vendors and hung on your wall. Make sure that whatever you do choose is something that you love looking at as well as something that matches your decor.

You’ll also want to use wood or concrete slabs and have patterns and designs carved into them. These decorations can be placed within your wall and become a part of your basement’s foundation. Consider incorporating geometric shapes into your design as well as flowers.

8. Fireplace Fun

To give your room a vintage vibe, you’re also going to want to install a fireplace that you can sit near. It is the perfect place to keep warm while reading a favourite book or socializing with friends and family. Not only that but having a fireplace can add up to $5000 to your home in property value!

Whether you want a fireplace that’s powered by wood or gas, there are a lot of different options out there for you. Just make sure that your basement is furnished, and everything is where you want it before you take this leap- you don’t want to accidentally have it get in the way of your sitting area or prospective wall decorations!

Begin Basement Renovation Today!

There are a lot of awesome things that you can do when renovating a basement, which can get overwhelming. However, remember that you can’t go wrong with either a contemporary or vintage look as long as you take care of the fundamentals first.

Now that you know the trendiest and most unique ideas for basement renovation, it’s time to get started! Click here to contact us and get more details on basement development. In addition to answering all your most pressing questions, we’ll also give you a free estimate as to how much your ideal design will cost. After that, we can work together to come up with a payment plan that works for you.

Have fun redesigning!

Colin Ernst

Colin Ernst, founder and owner of Alliance Renovations, has 34 years of experience in concrete renovation and excavation. He is an accomplished carpenter, concrete finisher, and concrete specialist. Colin has attended additional courses in the US about concrete repair and decorative concrete. He has completed Dale Carnegie's training courses to improve his business. His scope of work has naturally progressed into building garages, basement renovations, and carriage homes. He continues to strive to deliver pride and quality in all his projects, big or small!


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