5 remodeling projects to fix your ugly basement

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Necessary home improvements
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Got the ugly basement blues? Here are 5 basement remodeling projects to help make your space shine.

1. Make a room–Basements are great for rec rooms, kids playrooms and home offices. When doing just one room:

  • Find the largest area without obstructions from the furnace and water heater.
  • Make it close to the stairs so you don’t have to walk through the unfinished space.
  • Add framing, drywall, electrical and paint for $1,000 to $4,000.
  • Use decorative curtains to close off other unsightly areas.

2. Add light–Lack of light is a major issue in many older basements. The best way to solve that is to bring in natural light with replacement windows. If space is an issue, try glass blocks. Then focus on an interior lighting plan that combines recessed cans, general overhead fluorescents and a few decorative fixtures by the pool table. Add dimmer switches for a sophisticated look.

3. Add a bathroom with a shower–A 5′ X 7′ bathroom with a corner shower adds convenience for guests, kids and you (when you need an escape). Spend an extra $200 on a faux marble countertop and a pulsating showerhead. If space is plentiful, try these floor plan ideas from Kohler.

4. Patch those ugly walls–It’s easier than you think to chip out and patch concrete cracks and give those basement walls a smooth look. Make sure you fix any water seepage problems first. Then try this step by step video from 5min.com. Finally, try a fresh coat of paint.

5. Add a decorative ceiling–There are lots of faux materials that add an old fashioned cooper or tin ceiling look. You can hide the ugly plumbing pipes and give the space more definition. Here’s a how-to from Armstrong.

Can’t decide which project(s) to do? Consider your budget and ways to avoid overspending on basement remodeling.

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