If you’re like most homeowners in MN, you probably have a whole bunch of unused space beneath your main floor that’s going essentially unused – the basement. While it can be nice to have some unfinished storage capacity, there’s often a better way to use what’s likely a massive amount of potential living space.
That said, when it comes time to finish your basement, there are so many potential options to consider that it can be hard to know which to decide on. Wet bars, living spaces, bedrooms, bathrooms…which is right for your home?
Installing a Basement Bar
When it comes to renovating basements, a bar is the first thing most people think of. After all, why finish a basement if you can’t have a little bit of fun with the end result?
In many ways, a bar is the perfect addition to a basement reno project. It offers the potential to use a kitchen-esque space in a way that would simply not be practical if attached to your kitchen on the main level. A basement bar makes a great place for wine coolers, a refrigerator for beverages, or simply a place to store snacks.
If you’re considering a basement bar, you’ll have to decide between a wet bar and a dry bar – the difference between the two is running water.
Adding Bedrooms And/Or Bathrooms
How could it ever be the wrong move to add bedrooms and bathrooms to your basement? This is almost always a smart move for anyone that needs a little bit more room for a growing family or for guests. Bedrooms and bathrooms are also notable for adding value to a home more so than many other potential renovations due to their universal application.
Increasing Your Living Space
Basements almost always make for a great home theater or spacious living room. Since most basements are open and airy (at least in the Twin Cities suburban areas!) there are plenty of ways you can go about making this kind of update. For some ideas on how to make the most of your basement, check out some of our previous basement renovation projects.