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Best Practices for Adding a Basement Bedroom

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Best Practices for Adding a Basement Bedroom

A lot of homeowners find that after a few years living in their house, that they need more space. This can happen if you’re expecting a child, one of your elderly parents is moving in or if you simply have friends or family stay over on a regular basis.

Instead of building a new bedroom addition to your house or moving to a new house that has more bedrooms, you should consider turning your basement into an extra bedroom.

The basement is an excellent space for a bedroom due to the privacy it provides from the rest of the house. If you decide to turn your basement into a bedroom, then be sure to use the following tips:

Insulate the space

Comfort should be at the top of your list of priorities when it comes to designing a bedroom, no matter where in the home it’s located. The thing about basements is that they tend to be a lot colder than the rest of the house. There are several reasons for this. First of all, heat rises.

Secondly, unfinished basements aren’t typically insulated, which means cold air seeps in from outside. Insulating the basement should be one of the first steps you take as part of your remodel. The last thing you want is for whoever is staying in your basement bedroom to have to sleep in the cold.

Install a Window or Door to the Outside

You may not have to worry about this if your basement already has a window to the outside. However, most building codes require an emergency exit to the outside in bedroom spaces.

This means that if you don’t have any windows or doors in your basement, you’ll need to build one that leads to the outside. It needs to be big enough to fit through in case of an emergency as well.

Leave The Ceiling Unfinished

While you’re likely going to want to finish the walls and floors, think about leaving the ceiling unfinished. Most basements tend to have lower ceilings, which can make for a very cramped feeling.

By painting the walls and leaving the ceiling unfinished, you can help to make the ceiling appear to be higher than it actually is as opposed to finishing and painting the ceiling, which can make it seem lower.

Use Color Strategically

The colors you choose for your bedroom design will have a big impact on the comfort and atmosphere of the room. Because most basements don’t get a lot of natural light (even once you install a window or two), you should consider using warmer colors as an alternative.

Warmer colors make for a cozier atmosphere that will make the bedroom feel more relaxing as well.

Build An Interior Wall

When it comes to turning the basement into a bedroom, you might want to forgo the idea of leaving it completely open. This is because it will force you to place the bed against an exterior wall, which will be colder during the winter. Instead. build an interior wall within the basement space against which the bed can be placed.

Plan Your Lighting Scheme

Lighting is very important for an area that doesn’t get much natural light. However, you don’t want to flood the basement with light either. Consider using recessed lighting, bedside lighting, and sconces along with dimmers to provide more control over the lighting levels.

Use these tips to successfully renovate your basement into an extra bedroom. If you’re planning on remodeling your basement, contact us at Majestic Home Solutions for a free consultation in the Detroit area.

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