One of the best reasons to own custom homes is that it becomes a life-sized canvas. In other words, you have the room to unleash your imagination and make your forever home the one that you’ve always dreamed of. They say that your house is your castle. So don’t let your unfinished basement go to waste as someplace drab and uninteresting when it could be spectacular!
Create a Theme and Run with It
Remember, you’ll want to keep your custom home a blank slate. That is, until you’re ready to spruce things up a bit! That way, you’ll be able to keep all of your options open. So first things first, pick a fun theme. Then, start bringing it to life. Doing so in your family room or living room can be overwhelming. Since the basement is tucked away, it could do with the blast of personality that might otherwise be too over-the-top.
Add Plenty of Light
Even when they have well-placed windows, basements tend to be dark and stuffy places. That’s why they often carry the perception that they aren’t as enjoyable to spend time in as the rest of the house. For that reason, we recommend that you add plenty of light. Maximizing the available amount of natural light can be tricky, so you’ll have to think of unconventional ways to light up your basement. Ceiling lights and lighter paint colors can make a world of difference. Window wells are another good idea if they fit within your feasible budget. Oh! Of course, adding windows makes a tremendous difference. Not only can they bring in more natural light, they’ll also allow you to convert part of the basement into a bedroom.
How does this work? Well, when the foundation for the basement is being poured, ask to have an egress window installed. By doing so, you can decide to have a legally-permitted bedroom in the future.
Get the Most Out of It That You Can
You might have heard the phrase “value-for-money” on the home improvement shows you’ve obsessed over in preparation for the custom home design and building process. Rough-ins and egress windows add tremendous value. When it comes to designing any home addition – including future basements – installing three-piece rough-ins is an essential piece of the puzzle. To that end, you’ll also want to get the most out of your basement as you can. In this case, aim for versatility. Larger basements can accommodate several aspects of your lifestyle, all at the same time. Want to have craft corners, gallery walls, and yes, even the “man-cave” allow your family to pursue their hobbies and interests? Well, now, you can make that happen!
Infuse Such a Space with Zesty Colors
Science has shown that the right colors have a strong effect on human emotions and psychological reactions. With that in mind, splash colors on the walls and incorporate them into the furnishings, textiles, ceilings, and floors. Your basement can also serve as a handy on-site laboratory for dabbling in various aesthetics before you decide to release them throughout the rest of your domicile.
Go All Out on Playtime
Finally, don’t hesitate to go all out on playtime. Spending time with your loved ones and building treasured memories can take various forms. Think about what everyone is into and what they can do to express that joy. Table tennis, foosball, and air hockey are all great options, and so are pool tables and dartboards.
Questions? Call Cedar Square Homes Today!
Whether you are ready to start the custom building home journey or you still have more questions, the trained professionals at Cedar Square Homes are here to help you out. We are beloved throughout Maryland and beyond for our attentive service and affordable home remodeling and building prices. We proudly serve Anne Arundel County. Visit us online or call us at 410-987-9771. To see more examples of our work and for helpful tips and tricks, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Cedar Square Homes MHIC #27095