From Drab to Fab: Basement Renovation Tips You’ll Love

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Basement renovations can add value to your home and provide your family with extra living space.

Renovating a basement is an affordable way to instantly create more living space without building an addition on to your home. It turns dark, drab storage space into a room where the family can gather to spend quality time playing games, entertaining friends, watching television and movies, and enjoying each other’s company.

The end result of a basement renovation should be comfort – a room where you actually want to spend time. That means thinking about more than just your entertainment center or paint color. It means thinking about some important extras that will ensure your family gets the most from the new room.

Don’t Skimp On the Carpet

When transforming a basement from cold and uninviting to warm and comfortable, carpeting is extremely important. Rather than choosing an inexpensive carpet, spend a little more on plush carpeting that makes the room feel more comfortable. If the basement lacks natural light, choose a lighter color to help brighten the room and make it feel larger.

It may be tempting to shy away from light-colored carpet in a room that you hope to use quite frequently, especially a finished basement where children will play and snacks will be consumed during movies, sporting events, and TV binge-watching sessions. Stain-resistant carpeting has come a long way in recent years, and most spills can be cleaned up without a trace. Avoid Berber carpeting, as it snags easily and spills and stains require a little more elbow grease to remove.

Install a Bathroom and a Mini-kitchen

When taking on the expense of creating a living space in the basement, it pays to go the extra mile and include a bathroom and a mini-kitchen with a sink, garbage disposal and refrigerator. A powder room will suffice for convenience' sake. However, if space allows, a shower can be a practical addition, especially for large families where fights over bathroom time are a regular occurrence.

A mini-kitchen will offer even more flexibility and convenience. A bar can be added for entertaining, or the mini kitchen can be a place where your family stores extra snacks and beverages, and offers a convenient place to clean up the dishes.

Creating Complete Climate Control and Comfort

Basements can be quite cold, even after a renovation. In some cases, because the room is underground, they can also take on a musty smell, even when no mold or mildew is present. Climate control is often a concern when evaluating whether or not to tackle a renovation. A split-ductless system can be an effective way to achieve total climate control and comfort in your newly renovated basement.

Ductless systems are whisper-quiet, which means they will not interrupt television or movie time. They are also extremely efficient and “smart” – producing only the precise amount of cold or hot air needed to achieve your desired temperature, and some models have built-in sensors that can scan a room to send conditioned air exactly where it is needed.

An added bonus to a ductless system is that it can increase your ceiling height. Without using a bulky chassis or needing drop-ceiling to hide ductwork, a ductless system can help you maximize your space.

Split-ductless systems can also tackle any odors that plague the new living space, often eliminating the need for a separate air purification system. Our cooling and heating systems are equipped with a multi-stage filtration system designed to clean your air. This advanced filtration system also helps to eliminate odors from the home, ensuring that everyone will “forget” they are actually in a basement room. 

Basement renovations can add value to your home and provide your family with extra living space. To get the most from a renovation, it is important to remember these little extras that will make the basement the most popular–and comfortable–room in your house.


This article and its content are sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric US Inc., Cooling & Heating Division. 

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