WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR BASEMENT / by Keith Moehle

When you purchase a new home and you see it has a basement, doesn’t your mind explode with all the ideas of what you could turn it in to? It could be one thing or another, who knows, the possibilities are endless!

Basements can be seen as an underestimated space in your home. They’re typically dark, cluttered and can sometimes give a dungeon-like feel to your home. You begin to wonder how will you fill the space. If your basement is unfinished, the idea of completing and filling the space can be even more daunting. The basement is usually the last project on the remodeling list because homeowners feel that other projects are more important.

Fortunately for us, our designers have shared their top design ideas for your basement remodel.

  • Man Cave: We all know that every man’s dream is to have their own space to kick back with their buddies and have a cold one. So wives, let's dote on our husbands for once and treat them with a space of their own. A basement allows your husband to fill his man cave with all his hunting and fishing trophies, sports memorabilia, and the best billiards games. And best of all ladies, you won’t have to see it in your space!

  • Home Theater: A basement makes for an ideal space to set up a home theatre. Basements normally have low lighting with little to no windows which give it that perfect movie theatre experience. You can easily set up a home theatre with a few lounge chairs, a popcorn and candy bar, and an easy to install projector and screen.

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  • Home Gym: Health and fitness have become a very important aspect of today’s culture. But the cost of having a gym membership can really add up which makes for the perfect excuse to install a home gym in your basement! You can add equipment that is tailored to your fitness needs.

  • Basement Apartment: If you’re looking to create a rental unit for extra income, turning your unfinished basement into a small apartment is the perfect solution! You can create a small kitchenette with a small island to separate the kitchen from the living space and bedroom with an ensuite. Not only can it act as a rental unit, but it’s also the perfect space for a friend or college kids to stay in while they’re in between living arrangements or jobs.  

  • Mother-in-Law Suite: Everyone loves to have their family visit from out of town or have their in-laws over but not everyone enjoys sharing the same living quarters as them. Creating an extra bedroom with an attached bathroom will allow you and your guests to have your own space, privacy, and comfort.

  • Home Office: Working from home can be both rewarding yet challenging at the same time. Not having a designated space to work and concentrate can become very frustrating. You can easily turn the unused space in your basement into a large home office with plenty of room for you to operate in. Having a designated home office will allow you to have the peace of mind you need to concentrate on your work.

  • Playroom: Basements don’t just have to be for adults, they can also be a large play area for the kids. You can install an indoor playground with a small rock wall, slide, and plenty of built-in storage to hold board games. Some other fun ideas to add to your basement playroom is to paint one wall to become a chalkboard wall for a fun and interactive experience, a reading nook, or suspended swings!

  • Wet Bar: If you’re a homeowner who loves to entertain, a wet bar would be the perfect addition to your basement. You can install cabinetry with built-in countertops along a wall or create an island with under the counter appliances and add cool bar stools. This can be a fun area where you can unwind and kick back with your favorite beverage.

There are so many fun and exciting ways to finish or remodel your basement. You can do one of these ideas or you can combine these ideas to customize your basement.

Call us up at 210-680-5626 for your free consultation with Keith Moehle! He’ll be sure to match you with someone from our talented team to make the basement of your dreams.

----KM Builders is San Antonio's premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions, and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!