New Home? How To Make Your New Basement Great.

If you’ve just moved into a new home, you’ll know the thrill that we love seeing our clients enjoy – dreaming big dreams about everything their new house could be. Whether you’ve just bought the home you want to raise your family in, or you’re looking for a house where you can really make the most of a well-earned retirement, it’s a thrill to be planning a new life in a new space.

Of course, from top to bottom your new home will present you with opportunities to be creative. Maybe you finally want to set up a home office with a standing desk, or find a way to make your kids’ rooms into exciting multi-level play rooms – or maybe you’ve always dreamed of having a dedicated movie room in your home. But for many people, a new home means they’ve bought a vast blank canvas which they can do anything with – the basement. Here are a few ideas for how to make the most of your basement by turning it into a great recreation room.

Make the basement into a place you want to spend time

The first step for making a great basement rec room is to make sure it’s a place you want to spend time. Before you start thinking about cool things you want to build, think about décor and design – make sure that your basement doesn’t feel cavernous, but instead feels warm and welcoming.

Consider adding a drinks fridge, or even a bar, where you can entertain friends; and if your basement doesn’t have a lot of natural light, that’s no problem; think about lighting options which make the room easy to see. Uplighters can give you a laid-back feel – or if you have a lot of space, you can design the basement with different zones – a TV area away from the bar, or a workout area curtained off from the couch area – and light them differently.

Think about entertainment options for the basement

Using the space in your new basement for entertainment is a great choice. You can set up a TV and surround-sound system for the perfect movie room, or focus on videogames. The great thing about a basement is that it allows you to control the amount of light in the room, making it an option for you to go beyond a TV screen and set up a projector instead. Projectors often don’t work well in upstairs spaces with a lot of light incursion from bay windows and curtains – but a basement gives you all the control you need.

Consider something different

If screen-based entertainment isn’t what you’re looking for, or if you have a lot of space and want to do something really unusual, you can look at options including a traditional Swedish sauna – great for relaxing after a workout or at the end of a hard day’s work – or even building your own bowling alley!

The options are limited by your imagination, and a basement is a perfect blank canvas. If you’d like to talk about your options for purchasing a new home with a basement just ready for you to work with, we’d love to talk to you. Get in touch and we can help you think through how you can get the home you want.