If you have a house with a basement, you may actually never use that space other than for storage. Basements can seem inhospitable and unwelcoming, even to the people that live in the house. However, there are ways to make basements, both finished and unfinished, more hospitable and usable. Get to know some of these ways to make your basement into a usable space. Then, you can get started on these new projects right away.
A basement that is dank and damp from water seeping in from outside is never going to feel very welcoming. And you do not want the threat of moisture if you decide to finish off an unfinished basement.
As such, one of the first steps you should take when trying to improve a basement space is to do some basement waterproofing. There are primers, for example, that go on the walls to block out moisture. There may also be some sealing work necessary around windows and exterior walls.
Divide the Space Into Rooms
Many basements are just one large room that can feel cold and uninviting in a way. One way to do away with this problem is to create separate rooms from the space. For example, you could simply install a bathroom in the basement to start.
This creates a divided off space in your basement. It also will help to make the area more inviting and help you to be more likely to spend extended periods of time down there. Once you have two or more rooms in your basement, you will see that it seems like a better space to spend time in and feels cozier.
Add More Lighting
A dim and poorly lit basement is never going to feel like a space you want to spend extended periods of time in. You need to be sure you improve the lighting in the space when you are working on your basement.
One great way to add more lighting (if you have a finished ceiling or can add one) is to install recessed lighting. Recessed lighting has the benefit of having several small lights that can be pointed in different directions, shining light all over a room. You can angle the lights to highlight a certain area of the basement, or have them angled differently to shed light on the whole space. You'll be surprised what good lighting can do for your basement space.
Now that you know some of the ways to make your basement more hospitable, you can hire a contractor and get started right away. To learn more about basement waterproofing, in particular, contact a company in your area like Sohan and Sons.