Your basement is probably the most underused space of your home and yet may offer a floor space bigger than your lounge and beyond so it's only normal to start wondering what you can do with it. Here's the good news; you can do lots with a basement and we're here to help you decide how best it can be converted to expand your home before setting to work ensuring that floors and walls are damp proof before transforming it from a cold dank space to a glorious and stylish part of your home. We have customers who tell us they now spend more time in their converted basements than they used to in the lounge and here are a few ideas to help you understand why.
Does a wine cellar sound extravagant? Well it's proven to be a big draw for potential purchasers because it is both a smart use of underground space and a strong statement of style and joie de vie. Wine cellars can look great too with plenty of wood notes and the bottles themselves displayed to their best. For a wine cellar to really work requires proper damp proofing of course, but also sophisticated temperature control including LED lighting which is both subtle and non heat emitting. Top that off with vapor barriers, weatherstripping, and insulation and you have a carefully controlled but very comfortable space to not only store wine but relax in as you enjoy the good things in life.
Working from home is ever more popular there's nothing to stop your basement becoming a home studio or workshop. Care is needed though to avoid the feeling that you are shut away in a bunker or dungeon so for home offices we take a long hard look at the natural, concealed, and mood light that can be brought into play to make your work space a pleasure to be in.
Game Rooms and Dens
If there's no natural light then how about turning that to your advantage and creating a game room or den to hang out in? You'll need a good lighting system, with dimmers and concealed lighting for mood and task lights depending on the games you choose. Pool table lighting is a classic if you're installing a table and likewise spot lights can be arranged for darts or other games. For full electronic gaming with all the attendant appliances and sound we'll make a careful plan about rewiring needs to ensure enough plug points and carefully routed wires for safety.
Basements can also make great utility rooms since running plumbing downwards into a basement is a gravity assisted affair that makes washers and dryers easy to install as long as drainage is considered properly. We can design you a great looking and friendly feeling utility room with the ease of access you need to make it truly practical for use including upgraded electrics for the appliances you need to get things done.