There are many sources of good basement remodeling ideas. The place to start is with an sense of how you need to use your remodeled basement. Most homeowners remodel or finish a basement because they need more space for some purpose. But in most cases, this need doesn’t require the entire basement area. This is when most homeowners start looking for basement remodeling ideas.
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Whether you need is for extra storage, another bedroom, living space or a home gym, your need will probably only use a fourth to a third of the total space in your basement. So your first decision about your basement remodel will be whether to finish all or part of your basement at this time. Keep in mind that basements lend themselves to finishing the space in stages, as your budget permits or as your family’s needs indicate. 
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Once you are sure you have a safe and dry basement, you have a wonderful place for a teen suite or an in-law apartment. You can use as much of the basement space as you wish for the suite of rooms or apartment. You might need to think a bit more creatively about access and privacy. You might find that a second stairway is a good idea. You might also consider adding sound board or insulation on the walls between the apartment or suite and the rest of the basement for extra privacy. 
 
Among the other things you might want to do with your basement are:RemodelOrMove.com: 101 Ways to Save Money When by by Dan Fritschen
  • A cedar lined storage closet
  • A guest bedroom
  • A playroom for children
  • A billiard room or game room
  • A family room or den
  • A home office
  • A home gym or sauna
  • A wine cellar
  • A party room (perhaps with a wet bar)
  • An extra bathroom
  • A home theater
  • A hobby or craft room
  • A library or study
  • A computer room
  • A second kitchen
  • A safe room (if you live in an area subject to storms)
 
Whether you decide to finish your basement all at once or in stages, you will then be ready to look at design ideas. Keep in mind as you plan your basement remodel that you will need to provide some kind of access to each room. You will need to decide whether to build a hallway or provide access through a common room. 
 
Once you have a layout or floor plan, you will be ready to start looking for materials and decorating ideas. For example, if you are building a wine cellar or a family room, or even a game room, you might want to consider covering walls with stone or doing some other decorative wall treatment. Think carefully about how the space will be used, and by whom. You might need to build a second bathroom in the basement. The least expensive way to do this is to place them near existing plumbing (below another bathroom or below the kitchen) because connecting to supply lines and waste pipes will be easier and less expensive.
 
Dealing with support beams or posts might be your next challenge. Designing your rooms so that these posts are in a corner is a great idea. Somehow, though, the support posts are not always where you want walls. In this case, look for decorative ways to make them part of your design and décor. One way to do this is to enclose them in fiberglass or wood columns. Keep in mind that you can balance a post surround with another column, whether it is necessary for structural support or not. 
 
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Plan your windows and exterior door(s) carefully. You will want to think about emergency exits as you do this. If you don’t have a daylight basement (with one or more sides at ground level), you will need to think about how people will get out in an emergency. 
 

Finally, you can get great design and decorating ideas from remodeling magazines and websites. You can also get wonderful basement remodeling ideas by visiting new homes. Look carefully at how these examples deal with such things as ducts for heating and air, how the ceilings are built, how access and emergency exits are handled. By looking around and shopping around, you can choose the materials and the floor plan that will make your remodeled basement functional, comfortable and unique.

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