After 10 years of working in the home remodeling industry, Steve Huntley turns the tables by renovating his own home. Pella offers you a behind-the-scenes look at this renowned renovator's personal project.
Your next home project doesn’t have to wait until spring. This winter is the perfect time to finally complete that basement renovation you’ve been thinking about. Whether you’re looking to build a new family room or the entertainment capital of the neighborhood, create a space you’ll want to share with family and friends using these basement renovation tips.
Pick the Right Materials
The right materials can help set the mood for your bonus room. Hardwood or bamboo floors can make a dark basement feel homier; plus, they’re easy to maintain in a gathering place for guests. However, if you live in an area that’s prone to water seepage, vinyl or tile might be better options. Granite countertops are another great way to upgrade your look while complementing most furniture and decorative styles.
Don’t Skimp on the Storage
While renovating your basement can add living space, it might eat up some of the space once dedicated to storage. With smart storage solutions, you can have the best of both worlds. Built-in cabinets around your entertainment center is a great way to keep movies, games and clutter out of the way. Also, add built-ins along a wall to create cozy nooks that double as seating and storage for pillows and blankets.
Remember to Keep It Light
Even with a walk-out, basements are naturally dark. Customize your project with the rustic look of Edison pendants over a bar or classic sconces around your room’s focal point. Another way to brighten up a basement renovation is to use light wood finishes, especially around your windows and patio doors. Pella’s wood products can arrive prefinished in a variety of light and bright colors to complement your space.
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Be Imaginative in Your Design
Sometimes the most impressive designs come from using existing elements in a fresh way. If you’re starting from scratch with an unfinished basement, you have a great opportunity to get creative. Pair glazed cement floors with stained wooden rafters to give your basement a high-end loft-style look. And industrial light fixtures made with wrought-iron pipes add personality to your modern style.
Be a 360-Degree Entertainer
Whether you’re hosting a movie night for the kids or inviting the neighbors over for the big game, screen and sound are your best friends. Mounting a couple of flat screens to your walls helps create multiple gathering spaces, while adding in-ceiling speakers allows for an immersive entertainment experience.
Include the exceptional look of Pella® windows and doors in your basement renovation. Start by scheduling an in-home consultation today.