From Rec to Rentals – What To Do With Your Basement Renovation?
Basement suites are incredibly common in the Lower Mainland, yet many sit unused and gathering dust. What to do with them? That’s the big question. Do you create a whole new suite? A family room? A playroom? the list goes on. With living space being a luxury here in Vancouver we think it’s crazy not to be utilizing your space and getting the most out of it. We have picked our top 7 ideas for basement renovations.
Rent out your suite
The most obvious option is to rent out your suite. Studies show that four in ten home owners in Vancouver rent a part of their place out (News1130), indicating, it’s clearly a great way to make some added income. Alternatively perhaps you need two generations of your family to live under one roof, sharing out the costs. Basement renovations are an effective way of adding value to your home, however it’s important you investigate your options. Info from Vancouver city can be found here which explains everything you need to know to legalize your basement.
Ok, we thought about putting the wine cellar next, but decided to go with the more practical option (boo us, we know). A playroom is a great way to keep your young ones busy, learning and having fun in the safety of your own home. There are so many ideas you could incorporate into your basement to entertain your kids. Built in playhouses, kitchens and shops are a great way to save on space. They could be easily transformed into storage as your children grow up. We also love the idea of having a stage or reading area to help bring out their creative side. Plus, lets be honest, it’s fun for the adults too!
The type of thing you used to see on ‘MTV cribs’ – a home theatre built for family viewing. If you’re into your films, sports and TV it could be a great idea to renovate your basement into a home theatre. Just imagine watching Game of Thrones on the big screen! This type of renovation is likely to be more straight forward than converting your basement into a suite. It also takes less time. It’s also a great option for a basement with little to no natural light. The styles of home theatres are endless, you could go novelty theatre to chic home comforts.
What most of us dream of, could become a reality for those of you with a basement. Renovating your basement into a wine cellar, is the perfect options for those wine lovers and those who love to entertain. Perhaps you could create a traditional wine tasting room, a chill out with wine zone or purely storage. The basement tends to stay much cooler than the rest of the house so already has a head start in being a successful renovation. It would certainly wow your guests on your next home tour.
For those of you working from home you will know how difficult it can be to focus with every day home distractions. Renovating your basement to a home office is a great idea. This might mean adding in amenities such as storage, printing facilities etc. If you have a more practical job it might mean creating a craft office, a workshop or an art studio.
Games Room, Bar or Man Den
For the ultimate fun zone, why not renovate your basement to a games room or even a bar! This basement renovation is likely to stand the test of time. Unlike a children’s play area it can’t be outgrown. For those who like to entertain, this is the perfect basement renovation. If you are planning to sell your home it also adds the wow factor and really stands out.
Perhaps you have a smaller basement? A laundry space could be a perfect basement renovation to get the most out of your home. Annoying rooms such as laundry can take up valuable living space. By putting it down in the basement, it also means all that drying, noise and commotion can be kept out of the way.
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If you have been inspired by this blog, feel free to get in contact with us today to see how we can transform your basement.