In the Boston area, a tragic number of basements spend their entire lives as dark, underutilized spaces. These basements could easily be refinished, transforming them into welcoming, enjoyable spaces that enhance the family’s enjoyment of their home. If you know this could be true for your home, but have no idea how you’d use the extra space a finished basement would provide, consider these three popular basement finishing ideas:
The Storage Spectacular: Holiday decorations, sports gear, out of season clothing, tax records and all sorts of other stuff are important enough to us that we want to hold onto them, but not so important that we’re willing to sacrifice living space in our homes to store it. Having your basement finished to provide a safe, convenient storage facility is smart: you never have to shell out for monthly storage unit fees, you can access your stuff any time you want it, and your basement finishing company can work with you to create the ideal storage conditions for your possessions as needed.
The Home Gym: We all know we should work out. But sometimes going to the gym is not so much fun. If you’re not already fit, it can be intimidating to work out in the company of people who spend every free minute in spin class. Plus gym memberships are extremely expensive! Having your basement transformed into a convenient, private home gym means you’ll have a space where you can meet your fitness goals in the comfort of your own home.
The “Third Space”: Grown ups need a place to hang out and have fun that isn’t necessarily the bar or nightclub. Increasing numbers of Boston homeowners are using basement remodels to create a third space for themselves: a fun gathering area for them and their friends. Think the ultimate man cave, with a large screen TV and convenient fridge for watching the game, or a great place for book club to meet.