Finished Basements: A 2020 Remodeling Trend

According to a recent Better Homes & Gardens article, remodeled basements are increasing in popularity. Basements (and attics) are an easy way for homeowners to remodel without embarking upon a full on addition. According to this year’s Cost vs. Value report, finished basements are moving up in home return. 2020 top modeling trends include basement spaces that accommodate visiting guests, work-at-home parents, relaxing escapes, man-caves and hobbyists as well. Savvy New Jersey homeowners are transforming their basements! Here are a few great tips for your own basement remodeling project – remodeling your basement can add valuable living space to your home.

Basement Remodeling: Designing a Practical Living Space
Often times, homeowners have a vision of transitioning the style of the upper floors to the lower level of the home. Increasing the amount of light in your basement via white-painted ceilings, light walls, bright trim and wood flooring can significantly improve the aesthetic of the space. Unfinished basements can be remodeled so they don’t feel disconnected from the rest of the home, or serve as a barren storage space. Columns can be built around support posts and beams help blend structural elements in seamlessly. Here are our top basement remodeling tips:

Natural Light – Bringing in natural light can be a challenge when creating a basement room. Be generous with artificial lighting, especially if there are a lack of windows.

Open Space – Open concept living is a trend homeowners desire and appreciate in their main-level living area. This translates to basement remodels as well. Sealing off spaces or dividing up the area is not a requirement. Rather than having your basement living area look choppy with walled-of areas and doors, open space will visually enlarge a place and provide a more spacious feel. The layout can still be broken up into different areas via furniture, arrangement, dividers, etc.

Addressing Moisture – Your basement remodeling expert can work with you to address and resolve any issues related to drainage and de-humidification, as well as proper cooling and heating for the space. If the lower level of your home shows any signs of moisture or foundation cracks, issues can be addressed via sump pumps, French drains, etc.

Staircase Improvement – Consider upgrading your basement staircase to a more traditional and open style rather than confined and narrow.

Walkout Basement – Walkout basements are a hot trend for 2020. The ability to walk out of your basement to the patio, swimming pool, yard, or any other area is a great option to have within your basement. If your basement is designed with doors that open to an outdoor area, this is a big plus. Having open sides with windows and doors can add a lot of extra light. A basement renovation expert can help improve the layout and flow of your space.

Home Bars & Entertaining – Home bars are a popular trend for basements and add good value to your home when you’re looking to sell. This bar space can be as simple or elaborate as you want, depending on your budget and goals.

Guest Space – The basement is the perfect additional space to be converted into extra sleeping room. Ideal for friends and family staying over and a good way to minimize disruption. Converting your basement into a private room is also a great way to add value to your home.

Interested in discussing a basement remodeling project in Westfield, NJ? Don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re more than happy to point you in the right direction.


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