blog-post-header-imageYour Complete Handbook for Basement Remodeling Projects

Your Complete Handbook for Basement Remodeling Projects

December 01, 2023 – 6 min read

A basement is a space typically used for laundry, storage, housing mechanical systems, or some other unexciting purpose. Hollywood likes to portray basements as a dark and scary place one should never enter in its films. Simply put, many NJ homeowners don't consider the versatility and additional living space a basement provides.

In fact, basement remodeling allows you to make the most of an unimpressive space. Basement renovations can turn yours into a functional and purposeful area that enhances your lifestyle. This is especially true in places like New Jersey, where property prices have jumped in recent years. Therefore, remodeling your home basement will not only increase its functionality, but it will also increase the value of your overall home.

The common question asked is: "where should I start?" Remodeling a basement can seem like a daunting task, and you don't need to do it alone. Our experts at On The Spot Home Improvements have the experience required to help you design a new basement, or simply touch up the one you already have. Visit our website or give us a call today and let's see how we can work together.


Different Ways To Use A Home Basement

There are many different things you can use your home basement for, such as installing a home gym.
There are many different things you can use your home basement for, such as installing a home gym.

Before we break down how to remodel a basement, you first should understand what you want to do with the space. Will it be a place for leisure, exercise, work, or a combination of these? What do you feel your home is lacking that a basement could help fill in?

Here are some different ideas on what to do with your home basement space:

Entertainment Hub:

Many of us need some sort of entertainment after we come home from a long day. Whether it's watching a movie, playing a game, or something else, we all have our own entertaining activities. And on those weekends you'd rather stay indoors, having an entertainment hub can bring loads of fun to the house. With the help of basement remodeling, you can create a home movie theater, gaming room, or another of your favorite entertainment sources.

Study Room:

Working in a noisy environment can be challenging and irrespective of your profession. If you work from home often, you might need a nice, quiet place to get things done. If you are compromising your work and peace of mind, it might be time to move down into the basement. Remodeling your basement into a study room could include adding a desk, an ergonomic chair, some storage, and anything else you might need for a cozy office inside your home.

Home Bar:

If you're someone who likes to have a good drink at the end of the day, this idea is for you. Imagine a fully furnished bar inside your home where you can unwind and relax. You can have your favorite drink selections there. On weekends or holidays, this can serve as a gathering space for others who may also enjoy a drink or two. Your home bar will be the dream of many others. With basement remodeling, their dream can become your reality.

Child's Playroom:

Every good parent wants their children to have fun experiences in the early years, when kids should be enjoying their childhood to the fullest. And many parents understand that doing household chores and keeping an eye on the little ones can be a daunting task. Ensuring the kids are both safe and having fun can be tiring. Now imagine a renovated basement where the kids have a playroom. They'll be safe and having fun, all while your mind is at rest. A playroom also makes for a great place for your children to have friends over!

Fitness Room:

Finding the time and space to exercise regularly in today's world can be challenging. This is especially true if you need to commute to the gym before or after work. After a long day, simply getting to the gym might sound like a chore. What about turning your home basement into a home gym? When your basement gets converted into a gym, exercising becomes easier than ever. Now you'll have zero excuses for not working out regularly.

Rental Space:

Lastly, consider gaining some income from your home basement. This is an especially good idea if you aren't using your basement for anything else. Your idle basement can start earning some money for you. In addition, the renovations will increase the value of your whole property. Consider turning your basement into a studio apartment. Ideally, you'll want a small kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. Then, rent out the space and earn some extra income!

Still need some ideas? Head over to Pinterest for an endless amount of options!


Common Challenges in Basement Remodeling

Unfortunately, remodeling a basement is not a simple task. Depending on your property and on what you want to do with your basement, there may be a few roadblocks. Thankfully, there is a solution for them all.

Here are some common challenges that many homeowners face when remodeling their basements:

Moisture Issues:

If your basement is seemingly more damp than it should be, that's a problem that should be addressed immediately. Basements are typically susceptible to dampness, so it's important to raise this concern with your remodeling contractor. Many contractors will waterproof the space before starting the renovations.

In other cases, it's not the dampness of the walls that's an issue, but a wet basement can be the result of leaking pipes. Make sure to do a thorough check for this throughout your basement before starting any renovations.

HVAC Systems:

Usually, the HVAC system of a home is installed in the basement. Ironically, even though it's located there, most HVAC systems don't actually heat or cool the basement itself. If you're considering any of the ideas above when remodeling your basement, you'll want to make sure it stays warm or cool enough throughout the year. To ensure your basement remains comfortable, you may need to install a separate HVAC system for it.

You can learn more about how HVAC systems work in the U.S. through the Department of Energy.

It's important to have a discussion about HVAC systems with your contractor before remodeling. Although an HVAC system is not mandatory for a basement, it can keep the air fresh and the temperature just right.

Flow of Water:

If you want to have a bathroom in your basement, understanding the flow of water is crucial. Especially if you intend to turn your basement into a rental space, you'll need to pay attention to how water is getting there and getting out. In the rest of your home, water is typically guided by gravity. However, in a lower level basement, water may need to be directed by external force with the help of a pump. You may need to set up new pipes and pumping systems for your basement before you try out the new toilet.


Ask For Expert Advice

Experts home remodelers at On The Spot Home Improvements are ready to answer your questions about basement renovations.
Experts home remodelers at On The Spot Home Improvements are ready to answer your questions about basement renovations.

Challenges, what to do, and whom to call can be intimidating. Do you have the right tools? Will you need assistance with electrical wiring? What about combining aesthetics with necessary utilities?

Don't get overwhelmed. Expert basement remodelers at On The Spot Home Improvements are prepared to answer your questions. There's no need to take on unwanted risk; get assured with the experience of a professional.

New Jersey homeowners should contact On The Spot Home Improvements for their basement renovation needs. We are one of the most trusted remodeling groups in New Jersey, with the experience required to turn your vision into a reality.

Embarking on a basement remodeling project in New Jersey requires careful planning, attention to local regulations, and consideration of the unique climate. By following our guide, you can transform your basement into a valuable and enjoyable space that enhances both your home's functionality and resale value. Get in contact with our experts today.

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