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3 Ways to Save and 3 Ways to Splurge While Remodeling Your Basement

Stencil.twitter Post 2Remodeling your basement will give you lots of space to stretch out in your home, but it can be difficult to determine exactly how much you should spend in the process. Going all out and spending a fortune might not be the best idea, because you won’t see that big of a return on your investment. However, you are not going to want to do everything on the cheap, because you may not enjoy the space as much if things are falling apart, uncomfortable, or you need to replace certain things after a year or two.

Items to Splurge on When Doing Your Basement Remodel

  • Install a Bar: A bar in the basement can be used by your family every single day and it will also serve as a place where you can entertain now and in the future. The size and scale of your bar can be adjusted according to your needs and while you can splurge on every upgrade you can think of, you can also save money by only installing the items that you will use the most.
  • Add Ceiling Insulation: Adding insulation to your basement ceiling will keep you from hearing the noise on the floors above you. This might not seem like a big deal if you are using the space as a family room, but it is quite necessary if you are using part of it for a home office or guest suite.
  • Add Lighting: You may be tempted to place a couple lights on the ceiling and a few lamps in the corners, but that is not going to be enough light for your basement. We recommend installing task lighting, ambient lighting, and lights that will highlight the important features in the space.

Items to Save on When Doing Your Basement Remodel

  • Avoid Separate Rooms: Creating separate rooms in your basement is a good option, but the cost of the materials can add up quickly. We recommend keeping the space open if possible, as it gives you more options as your needs change in the future.
  • Avoid a Guest Bedroom: It is always nice to have a guest bedroom, but once you put that in your basement you will lose out on being able to use the room for anything else. You may want to consider adding a sleeper sofa or a futon to the space and creating a room that you can use during the times that you do not have guests.
  • Purchase Standard Sizes: Standard size cabinets, countertops, and other items can save you a lot more money than custom made items. You may even want to compare the prices between the sizes that you want and the ones that are a few inches smaller, because the savings could be worth purchasing the smaller items.

Obviously, you are going to want to create a basement that you love when you are through with the remodeling process, but that doesn’t mean that you need to spend a fortune. You will love a basement that you spent less on just as much as you would love one that you spent a lot of money on. You just need to choose items that you love and that will last for quite some time.

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