Unfinished basements are often the most underutilized spaces, sometimes serving as dumping grounds and excess storage areas. By transforming your unfinished basement into a more functional living space, you not only add livable square footage to your home, but you also boost the potential resale value of your home.
Gonyea Transformations specializes in designing new plans for existing spaces that add beauty, function, and joy to your home. We’d love to work with you to listen, learn, and create a design plan for your unfinished basement that’s perfect for you. And, if you’re not quite ready—no worries! We have some DIY-friendly projects that can spruce up the space and help you to imagine the possibilities for your unfinished basement.
No matter the size of your budget, the following unfinished basement updates will help you transform your lower level into a space you and your family will enjoy spending time in while making new memories:
One of the biggest updates you can make in any space or room is refreshing the appearance of your walls. Oftentimes, unfinished basements include cinder block walls that don’t always help create an inviting or relaxing space.
The Solution: By painting your unfinished basement walls, you can instantly create more warmth in the basement and breathe new life into the space. If you’re thinking about adding drywall or wood paneling, you may want to partner with professionals, who can ensure building codes and regulations are met and also help you add any additional insulation, waterproofing, electrical components, etc., to truly change up your space.
Part of what makes a basement feel dark and dingy is when an unfinished basement ceiling includes exposed rafters, wiring, and duct work.
The Solution: Try applying a fresh coat of paint to the ceiling for a DIY budget-friendly update. Be sure to take the time to properly prepare for painting by using painter’s tape to protect fixtures, duct work, wiring, and trim that you don’t wish to paint. If you’re looking for a more dramatic change, professional contractors can finish off the ceiling by hanging drywall or drop ceilings and adding additional lighting (e.g. recessed lighting, etc.), soundproofing, and/or insulation
Since flooring spans wall to wall, by simply updating your basement flooring, you can dramatically influence the look and feel of the space.
The Solution: For DIY-friendly flooring updates, consider painting the floor or laying simple peel-and-stick carpet tiles to warm up the space. Looking for a more finished room feel? It’s best to hire a professional who can ensure the basement is properly waterproofed, lay down subflooring, and discuss more sophisticated flooring options with you, including engineered wood, tile, etc.
Many unfinished basements tend to serve as storage overflow areas because they lack functionality and purpose.
The Solution: To redefine your space, determine how your unfinished basement could better serve you and your family’s needs. Since most unfinished basements have a relatively open-concept floor plan, you’ll find so many ways you can easily revamp your basement without much restriction.
Some DIY-friendly room transformations could include the following unfinished basement ideas:
If any of your unfinished basement ideas involve bigger renovation projects involving electrical, plumbing, adding walls, etc., it’s a good idea to turn to professionals who’ll ensure any additions meet local building and safety codes and regulations, while also minimizing the stress of larger renovations.
At Gonyea, we understand how overwhelming bigger renovation projects can be, and our team of experienced builders, architects, and designers will simplify the process for you, ensuring you have an enjoyable and stress-free renovation experience. From design and job planning and ordering materials and managing subcontractors, your Gonyea team always delivers a holistic approach to new renovations. No matter your remodeling goals, we promise our superior customer service and quality craftsmanship from start to finish.
Contact us today to schedule your free in-home consultation where we’ll learn more about you and your needs, so we can help you transform your unfinished basement into usable space.