If you’ve been looking for a place to set up your home office, but have had trouble finding the right space, it may be time to consider your basement. Basements are often dark and damp spaces that house laundry facilities, storage areas, or even junk. But by transforming this space into an office area with proper insulation, lighting and ventilation in mind, you can create a functional work environment without having to sacrifice precious square footage above ground!
The first step in renovating your basement is to ensure that it’s properly insulated, weatherproofed and ventilated. Insulation will help keep the space at an agreeable temperature; weatherproofing should help keep it dry and mold-free; and ventilation will allow for proper airflow.
To insulate your basement, consider using extra-thick foam insulation between studs or on the walls themselves to avoid cold spots. If your ceiling is unfinished, you can also attach spray foam insulation directly onto the joists above as well as along any pipes or ducts that run through the room. If there are windows in your basement office space, consider covering them with storm windows before installing a door so that no drafts enter through them when you’re working from home during cold winter months (and vice versa).
Finally weatherproofing involves sealing any gaps around doors and windows with caulk or sealant before taping all seams in between drywall sheets together using joint tape tape—and don’t forget those electrical outlets too!
When choosing the flooring in your basement, there are plenty of options to choose from. If you’re looking for something that will be relatively easy to maintain and clean, carpet is probably your best bet. Carpet is affordable and provides great insulation for cold floors in the winter months. It is also very durable and requires little maintenance—cleaning up spills or stains can usually be done with a simple vacuum.
However, if you have pets or kids running around your house all day long (or both), then tile may be a better option for you. Tile floors offer durability as well as stain resistance—but they do require regular upkeep such as cleaning and sealing every few years to ensure optimal performance.
For those who want something more traditional yet still functional, hardwood flooring offers warmth underfoot while providing an elegant look in any room of the house! Laminate floors provide similar benefits but with less maintenance involved since they are made from synthetic materials instead of natural wood fibers like real hardwood would be made out of.
One of the most important aspects of an office is lighting, which can make or break a space. As you’re decorating your basement, keep in mind that you want to be able to read and write comfortably.
In addition to using dimmer switches for overhead lights, consider using track lighting or floor lamps with dimmers so that you have flexibility when it comes time to work—day or night. If you’re going for a more modern look, go with LED bulbs. Utilizing these types of bulbs will help reduce energy costs while still giving you the light you need to complete your work.
When it comes to decorating your basement, there are lots of different ways you can go. If you’re thinking about using paint as a way to add flair to the space, here are some tips:
Take into account what color(s) your home is currently painted. You don’t want to go too far outside of these colors—it’s best if they complement each other!
Consider whether or not the wall color will be visible from the rest of your house. If so, use light colors that won’t stand out too much when viewed from above ground level (but still give an overall sense of added brightness).
Make sure that whatever color(s) you choose for walls isn’t completely overwhelming either; keep them neutral enough so that they don’t feel like an eyesore!
When you’re choosing office furniture for a basement, keep comfort and ergonomics in mind.
There are many options for desks: traditional wooden desks can add a touch of elegance to the room, while steel and glass versions offer more modern appeal. Leather chair cushions will help keep your body comfortable throughout the day, while mesh back chairs promote circulation by allowing air flow through the fabric.
Choose storage that complements your office style, such as industrial metal shelves or sleek wooden cabinets. You can utilize hooks, baskets, and more to add additional storage that is both functional and adds to the décor. If you like something more whimsical than practical, try decorating with quirky globe lights or decorative planters on top of bookshelves instead!
Making the most of your basement can be a great way to get more out of your home. Whether you’re looking for an office space or just want an extra room in which to relax, there are many benefits that come from remodeling your basement. Reach out to our team to learn more about how to best utilize your basement space and make sure its ready to be renovated.