Basement renovations tend to always have the same goal: transform an unfinished basement into a functional living space. That being said, some basement renovations reign superior to others. As you plan your 2024 basement renovation, consider the upcoming trends that will not only simplify your day-to-day lifestyle but will also increase the value of your home for future selling.
Top Trends in Basement Renovations
Below are some of the top basement renovation trends to consider when renovating your basement. From waterproofing to installing dividers for a more organized space to creating a livable area, you can take advantage of the space beneath your feet.
Multi-functional basement spaces are the number one trend in current renovation projects as people are taking advantage of using existing space for comfort and function. Whether the basement is divided into several rooms or has an open concept, utilizing the area for laundry, a workstation, a rec room and a guest getaway gives you many options.
Home Entertainment Hubs
Another popular trend is transforming a dark unkempt basement into a home entertainment centre, complete with a media room, comfortable seating, a kitchenette and/or a bar area. Home entertainment hubs now feature the highest quality sound systems, lighting and video technology to bring the magic of going to the movies right to your home.
Smart Technology Integration
Regardless of whether the basement renovation is for daily use or special events, integrating smart technology is a growing trend. With security, entertainment, lighting, sound and temperature control settings, homeowners can have futuristic technology at the push of a button (or via voice activation).
Home Offices and Home Gyms
With more people working from home, the need for a functional work-from-home space, and mid-afternoon workout space, is rising. Renovating your basement to incorporate a home office can involve adding more storage, soundproofing the space, installing smart technology, using proper lighting/sound systems and building a room for relaxation and reflection. Having a home gym just steps away from the office also helps you save time and money and provides a safe and judgement free zone for workouts.
Out of Style: Trends to Skip for Your Basement Renovation
Close your eyes and think about your dream basement. Chances are that none of these outdated designs come to mind.
Isolated Basement Designs
As the trend for more eco-friendly basement designs grows, it’s time to think outside of the box. Gone are the days of wasting the existing space just for storage or a laundry room. Stay away from wood paneling, drop ceilings, leftover furniture, massive stone fireplaces and support beams as accents. These trends tend to date your space.
One of the biggest mistakes you can make with your basement makeover is not focusing on the lighting. Most unfinished basements have “naked” single light sockets strategically placed throughout the space. Consider installing recessed lights, pendant lights, wall-mounted lighting and/or under-cabinet lighting to brighten up the space and add some warmth.
Unused Storage Spaces
Stop using the basement as a storage room for boxes, totes, sports equipment and unused furnishings. While it may help you with organization and keep the rest of your home clutter-free, the basement can be so much more than just a hiding place. If space is limited, use integrated furniture and customized storage fixtures with hidden compartments for a neat and tidy living space.
Poor Ventilation and Air Quality
A basement renovation is the perfect time to address any air quality issues throughout the home. As most basements are unfinished, there is rarely a proper ventilation system, exposing occupants to poor air quality and health risks. A damp and dark basement is an invitation for mould to develop.
Contact Elite Construction and Renovations for Innovative and Trend-Setting Basement Transformations
When planning a basement renovation, talk to the design/build experts at Elite Construction and Renovations. With more than 17 years of experience, we have the expertise, knowledge and equipment to transform your basement into what you’ve always envisioned. We offer a two-year guarantee for workmanship and honour all manufacturer warranties.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jay McDonald, general contractor and owner of Elite Construction & Renovations, has over 20 years of construction experience. He has completed various Ontario Building Code and Business Management courses from George Brown College and has managed over $50 million-dollars-worth of construction in his career.