Why Should You Finish Your Basement?

Dark. Creepy. Outdated.

Those are three words that often come to mind when people think about their basements. However, it’s one of the biggest rooms in your house, so an unfinished or underutilized basement is a big untapped resource! I can’t think of any homeowners I know that don’t want more space in their home.

Enhance the Enjoyability of Your Home

Depending on the size of your basement, the room has potential to be redesigned in a variety of ways. Many homeowners like to convert the space into a room where they can entertain family and guests. Families with children may like to turn the space into an area where the kids can play when the weather is inclement, or a sports area where kids can practice indoors. Others may like to have a personal gym or yoga in their basement. If your basement is big enough, you can even have a combination of things to meet the whole family’s needs!

I think we can agree that any of the options we just discussed are better than the dank, spider-filled cave of an unfinished basement! Here at Basement Design Studio, we specialize in taking unfinished and outdated basements and turning into extraordinary, personalized spaces.

Increase Your Home’s Value

In addition to helping you fully enjoy your home, finishing your basement also adds value to your home. If you’re looking to sell your home in the future, having a finished basement is a huge selling point. Many houses on the market don’t have finished basements, or any basements at all in the case of crawl spaces and cellars.

Finished basements are a popular feature for home buyers. Many people like to have extra space for hosting and entertaining, especially if they have children. Lots of people also like to have additional living space, so basements converted into bedrooms or guest rooms are also quite popular on the housing market. In either case, you’re sure to find buyers interested in your beautifully designed finished basement.

Not only does a finished basement enhance the comfort of your home, but it also increases your home’s value. Finishing your basement is a big investment in your home. When you sell your house, you can add the value of the basement to the total value of the house. This will get you a higher selling price than a home with an unfinished basement.

Add Space if Zoning Codes Don’t Allow Additions

Depending on where you live and the size of your lot, there may be restrictions on what you can build on your property. But restrictions like that don’t stop you from dreaming about adding more space to your home. We’d all love a bit of additional space for living, entertaining, or even just storage, right?

Despite wanting more room, that doesn’t mean it’s in the cards for everyone. Some neighborhoods don’t allow homeowners to build additions. Some lots may be too small to accommodate an addition. Others may be limited by the high cost of adding brand new space to their homes.

That’s where your basement comes in! If you’ve got an unfinished basement, that’s a huge opportunity for adding new living space to your home. You can turn that empty, dank room into a brand new space that’s as comfortable and inviting as the rest of your home. You also have the flexibility to turn into whatever you want, from new bedrooms to a game room or a place you can simply chill out with your friends and watch a movie. By taking advantage of the space that’s already attached to your home, you can get that addition you’ve always dreamed of at a much lower cost.

In any case, unfinished basements are incredibly value for homeowners looking to get a little something extra out of their existing homes.

Create an Income Property

Did you know that your unfinished basement is an opportunity to make money? Did you ever think that investing money into finishing your basement can help you make more money in the long-run?

More and more homeowners are turning their basements into rental properties. When you rent out a property, it helps you make some extra money and can even help offset the cost of your mortgage.

Our design team will help you transform your previously unfinished basement into a functional living space. By adding a bedroom, bathroom, and even a kitchen, you can turn your basement into a stand-alone living space for renters.

To rent your property, the space will have to be compliant with the local fire code. We’re experienced with that and will make sure the room is designed to be fully compliant with local codes.

Your New Basement by Basement Design Studio

Transforming your basement depends on a couple of key factors: the size of the space, the age of your home, the height of the ceiling, and architectural quirks that cause obstacles and obstructions. To be clear, having an old home, a small basement, or lots of obstacles in the basement aren’t going to disqualify you from a basement remodel – far from it!

We’re natural problem solvers and have worked to transform challenging rooms into beautiful new spaces plenty of times in the past. The factors we listed above aren’t disqualifiers, but parameters for us to work within. When you tell us what you have in mind for the space, we’ll decide how we can fit those ideas into the existing room given we know about the room.

Basement Design Ideas

Many houses sit on top of unfinished basements that are dingy, damp, and generally not a place you’d like to spend much time. Your basement doesn’t have to be a dungeon, though. In fact, there’s a huge variety of awesome design ideas you can use to enhance the space. Add this versatility to the fact that the basement is usually the largest room in a home, and you’ve got nearly infinite possibilities: a playroom for the kids, an entertainment space for adults, or additional rooms for guests. Our team can make almost any design idea come to life!

Our talent and versatility stems from the fact that we’ve been in business since 1992. That’s over 25 years of bringing basement design concepts from the drawing board to construction-ready blueprints and diagrams.

  • Personal movie theatre
  • Entertainment space
  • Gourmet kitchen
  • Additional bedrooms
  • Personal gym
  • Studio for dance or yoga
  • Workshop
  • Wine cellar
  • Bar
  • Studio space for art
  • Indoor practice area for sports

Regardless of your vision for you newly designed basement, we can translate your goals into an actionable plan and construction-ready blueprints. Give us a call today and let us show you we mean business!
Basement Finishing Options

When it comes time to your basement finishing design, you have tons of choices! Many of our clients tell us that it is difficult to visualize the sheer quantity of options they had available at the start of their project. That’s why we use state-of-the-art 3D design software to show you a preview of your basement finishing project!

You can see your project in 3D using our technology prior to a single panel being installed. Isn’t that wild? Our basement finishing designers can then incorporate your feedback into the final design. After all, your basement finishing project is a large investment. Why settle for anything less than the basement of your dreams?
Basement Finishing Designers
When you are ready to finish your basement with either a luxurious cooking space or a comfortable new basement living room, you are going to want the most talented basement finishing designers to craft your project plan. When it comes to basement finishing, the devil is in the details – and our team has the experience and know-how to hammer out all of the details of your project in advance!

Complex electrical and plumbing work are no obstacle for our expert basement designers. Cramped spaces and specific permitting requirements are all in a days work, and our basement designers will expertly work around your basement’s specific needs. At the end of the day, you get to enjoy a fabulous new finished basement, all without headaches or costly mistakes.

Call us today at Basement Design Studio, as we would love to hear about your project and provide you with an affordable basement finishing design to bring your vision to life.

Basement Design

Basements are a forgotten part of many houses. They sit below the rest of the house, dark and unfinished, and become a place to store things we don’t use very often. Just like the stuff stored inside of them, basements are out of sight and out of mind.

It doesn’t have to be this way! In fact, your basement is one of the largest – if not the largest – room in your entire house. Leaving it unfinished is a huge waste of space and opportunities. That’s where we come in! Our design experts at Basement Design Studio can completely transform the room into a usable space for entertainment, relaxation, and more.

With a little TLC and re-design, your basement can be just as comfortable as any other room in your house. You can also do almost anything you want with it. Some people choose to turn the basement into extra bedrooms and bathrooms for guests or older kids who need more space to themselves. Other families like the idea of having additional living space like a personal gym or game room. What you do with the space is absolutely up to you, and we’ll tailor our design to meet your goals and expectations.

Redesigning a basement is so much more than a fresh coat of paint and some new furniture. While little touches like that can make the room feel a bit more homey, a basement design completely transforms the entire room. We’ll determine the placement of walls, lighting, bathrooms, and other architectural features.

Oftentimes, the layout of a basement creates challenges during the redesign process. That’s where we come in! We put our 25+ years of experience to work when we redesign your basement. Our cutting-edge 3D software allows us to accurately visualize our designs and share them with you before a single nail is hammered down. This can save you a lot of money once construction begins!

Before we get started on your basement design, we ask that you send over blueprints and measurements of the basement. Using this information to tailor our design ensures that our plan is a perfect fit for your room. Instead of using a “cookie cutter” approach like low-rate basement design companies, our design is perfectly customized for the size of your space. We also account for key architectural features like electrical wiring, plumbing, ceiling height, windows, and support beams.

Good planning pays off and will cut down on the project timeline and the price of the project. By having a flawless basement design plan on day one, you’ll be prepared for the entire project to come off without a hitch.

Basement Design On Line

Basement Design Studio is based in the Chicago-area, but we work with clients all over the country. How, you ask? It’s simple – all of our work is done online! Using high-tech CAD design software, we can generate a plan for your room and send it to you via email. We don’t have to come by and do an intrusive in-person consultation.

But don’t think the quality of our work suffers because we do it online – we’re as professional as they come. We’ll stay in constant communication with you throughout the design process. We want the final design to fit your needs and expectations exactly. We’ll share progress updates with you and give you a chance to review the final design before we finish working on it. That way you’ll have ample opportunities to provide feedback and suggestions on the project.

Take a look at our Design Photo Gallery to see examples of our work. You’ll get an idea of how we can take a bare-bones unfinished basement and transform it into a fully functional room customized to your needs. With over 25 years of experience, we’ve worked on projects of all shapes and sizes, and now we’re ready to work on yours!