Create Your Perfect Basement

Underground, cold, concrete, storage space… although these may be words used to describe your current basement, the lowest floor of your home probably has loads of potential. If you’re dreaming of some extra space, finishing your basement might make it the most popular room in the house—for a lot less cash than adding on.

When planning your basement finishing, consider your space. If you have a large basement, you can probably divide the space into separate rooms. If the basement is small, that might not be ideal. Keep in mind that most potential buyers will prefer an open concept design to small, choppy rooms.

Give some thought to finishes. Do you want carpeting or wood floors? Track lighting or recessed lights? What about decorative touches like crown molding?  Sometimes picking out the finishing touches can be the most fun and it will personalize the room to your liking.

While deciding what to have done, consider where in the basement you should be putting designated areas…

  • The main socializing area should be in a spot that gets the best natural light.

  • If you are adding a bedroom in the basement, you need an egress window, so it should be located at the perimeter of the room.
  • A TV area can be in a darker area, to reduce glare and create a home-theater feel.

 

Once you have a plan for the layout, you can look forward to the many benefits of a finished basement.

  • Increases livable space – Finishing your basements creates a lot more livable space. Transform unused space into an extra living room, a guest room, a home theater or playroom for the kids.
  • Extra Bathroom – Whether you turn your basement into a play area for kids or a place for guests to sleep, a bathroom can make things run more smoothly. Kids won’t be constantly going up and down the stairs and your guests will feel more comfortable with their own bathroom.
  • Increases resale value – Finishing your basement can significantly increase the resale value of your home. This is particularly true if many other homes in your neighborhood have unfinished basements.
  • Creates a private space – A finished basement can be a getaway from the noise and chaos of the rest of the house. Create a quiet, comfortable space for watching TV, or create an exercise space right in your own home.

 

 

If you’ve been thinking about finishing your basement, call one of our experienced consultants to get started!

Book Your Island Get-A-Way

Geib, Ron & Merle Lee Kitchen (7)These days, kitchen islands are as common as the kitchen sink.  In addition to being a focal point, they also increase functionality and efficiency.

 

They offer extra storage, seating, and more work space. What type of island is best suited for you and your kitchen?

 

 

L-Shaped

Pros: L-shaped islands tend to be large with lots of storage. The amount of counter space prevents an overcrowded work space, which allows for more than one cook in the kitchen.  You won’t have an issue finding room for bar-style seating.Gleim (2)

 

Cons:  L-shaped islands can chop up your kitchen design, which can hamper efficiency during meal prep. The shape doesn’t always maximize storage space since corners tend to decrease accessibility.

 

 

 

U-Shaped

Pros:  U-shaped islands are highly functional. They provide extra storage space, more workspace, enough room for seating, and they can house more than one appliance if they’re big enough. You may not have to leave your island when you’re prepping food.

Cons:  They can be bulky and can close off your kitchen from the rest of your home. The double corners will limit accessible storage space unless they incorporate a Lazy Susan or swing-out door.

 

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Pros:   Galley islands provide a space with flow and efficiency with their sleek design. They maximize storage space because there aren’t any corners or curves. Appliances and stored items are always accessible. The design also supports guest seating.

Cons:  Sometimes they’re too small to comfortably fit an appliance, which can create problems with your layout.

 

 

Curved

Pros: Curved islands add an interesting aesthetic to kitchens. There’s more than enough room for meal prep, and they can incorporate expansive seating areas that leave enough room for guests to comfortably eat and socialize.  _DSC5627_ web

 

Cons:  Your counter is spread out and curved, which can limit the way you cook.   Storage space can be wasted unless your cabinets are customized to include creative options.

 

 

Rolling

Pros: Rolling islands are versatile, and a blessing for smaller kitchens that lack prep space.  They can function as a worktop or a spare surface for your ingredients.

Cons:  They can be a hassle to roll out during meals or to store, and bigger designs may be hard to move. They offer little to no storage.

Furniture-Style

Pros:  It can be custom-built, an antique or store-bought — a furniture piece adds character to your kitchen with its detail and decorative design.  They usually aren’t bulky and fit nicely in your kitchen.

Cons: Furniture pieces weren’t built with kitchen storage in mind, so you may not fit all of your cookware comfortably.  There’s also the issue of durability with daily use in a kitchen.

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