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How to Make the Most Out of Your Basement Without Fully Refinishing It


Toasty Blogger - October 15, 2019 - 0 comments

Homeowners often run into a few problems with their homes, ranging from something as simple as a leaky faucet to a much-needed roof replacement. Although the majority of typical problems may vary among homeowners, there’s one particular issue that tends to stand out the most—a seemingly limited space. 

We all like to have a bit more space than we already have in our homes. From overcrowded house parties to uncomfortable extended-family Christmas dinners, there are various situations where a home can feel much tighter. The problem with having limited space, however, is that it can be quite costly to go for a home extension or a full-on rebuild—unless you have a basement. 

What most people don’t realize is that their basement holds a golden opportunity to create more space at home without having to spend a lot of money on renovation or extension. Revamping your basement into a living area can make a huge difference in your home’s overall space. At the same time, it can boost your real estate’s value.

On being realistic

Now, it might seem like the best option to drop everything and revamp your basement ASAP, but it’s important to be realistic for a variety of reasons.

For one, it can still be costly to refinish your basement, although it’s still cheaper compared to a full-blown home extension. The costs of flooring, electrical work, finishing, and framing can easily set you back in the four-digit range at the very least. 

Also, refinishing your basement can be a time-consuming process. Not every basement is the same, so the time and cost vary depending on the size and condition of the space.

Fortunately, you don’t have to break your wallet or ruin your daily routine by jumping on the project right away. It is still very much possible to finish your basement partially on a budget. 

Tips for Maximizing a Partially-Finished Basement

To fully enjoy your revamped space without having to blow out all your money, here are a few ways you can maximize a partially-finished basement: 

Tip #1: Keep your basement’s ceiling exposed 

When you don’t have a deep basement that has high ceilings, you can create an illusion of depth to maximize the space. Keep your ceiling joists open and paint it black; you don’t need fancy ceiling finishing techniques. 

Doing this process can help you save money while making your basement look not too bare. A coat of black or dark-coloured paint on your ceiling makes a limited basement space feel much larger than it technically is. 

Tip #2: Skip the paint, head for the drywall

A common misconception that people have when they try to revamp their basement is that it’s vital to have drywall for an impeccable finish. The truth, however, is that a few coats of paint can work wonders in freshening and updating a room. You’ll be surprised that it can work better than a costly drywall application. You can also mix things up by doing half-direct paint application and half-drywall to create a professional-looking finish.

Tip #3: Maximize your basement lighting with white paint

Another costly step in the basement revamp process is the installation of a full lighting system to compensate for the lack of natural light. But did you know that a fresh coat of white paint on the walls can work the same way, even with your current lighting setup? 

By painting your walls in white and adding a glossy finish, you can maximize the limited lighting in your basement. A glossy coating can make it much easier for your current lighting setup to bounce light off the walls and all around the rooms. 

Making the most out of your basement with a thorough revamp doesn’t always have to be expensive. By applying the three tips above, you can breathe life back into your basement and turn it into an enjoyable and functional space. 

If you’re looking for a basement renovation service in Toronto to help you refinish or revamp your basement, Zumin Homes is your best option. Get in touch with us today to see how we can help.

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