Basement Remodeling

The Many Benefits of a Finished Basement

by Joe Cooper

A finished basement can offer many benefits, from increasing your home's storage options to giving you the space for that home gym you've always wanted. Energy conservation and home value protection are other potential benefits of a finished basement.

Finished Basement Potential
When most people think of a finished basement, they think of the increased potential for storage. But storage--for tools, hardware, athletic gear, electronic equipment, linens, memorabilia, and more--is just the beginning! You can also use a remodeled basement for the following:

  • Living area featuring chairs, lamps, and tables
  • Family area with a TV, couches, and room to play
  • Office with computer hardware, desks, and shelves
  • Theater with a large TV or projector and row seating
  • Child's playroom with toy boxes, carpeting, and bookshelves
  • Gym area with workout equipment, stationary bikes, or treadmills
  • Bedrooms with walls, doors, and bathrooms

Hidden Benefits of Basements
Refinishing your basement can also provide unseen benefits to the foundation of your home. Finishing a basement requires a strong foundation, free from mold or wear. Making these improvements and/or repairs can strengthen your home's foundation and protect your investment. Finished basements offer energy efficiency as well because they are often the coolest parts of a home, and you can cool off down there during the sweltering summer months. Basements are also naturally insulated by the ground around them and are not subject to above-ground climate fluctuations.

Investing in Your Home
Beyond the functional, social, and environmental benefits of finishing your basement, it also significantly increases your investment in your home. At a time when real estate prices have not yet begun an upswing, homeowners need surefire ways to improve the value of their homes, while providing themselves the immediate benefits of a remodel. Finishing a basement does both, increasing the square footage of your home and its value at the same time.

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About the Author
Joe Cooper writes home services and design articles and manages corporate communications. He holds a bachelor's in American Literature from UCLA.


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