Assuming that you already have a basement that is musty, moldy, damp, and quite scary, there are many ideas you can explore to convert this den of antiquity and gloom into an area that is useful and quite enjoyable. You can convert your basement to a workshop, a billiards hall, your own personal bar, or a simple office by cleaning it up and constructing it as a functional area. Here are some things to ponder on for the job at hand.
- Clean it first. Alright, you may have some ideas in mind on what to do with your basement but these may be moot if you don’t get down and dirty first. Rummage through the basement and remove all the stuff stored there that you don’t need any more. Once that is done, bring a mop, a bucket of water, and a broom and start cleaning house. You may want to create a nice water and vinegar cleanser to scrub the molds and mildew that has accumulated over the years of neglect as well. Once everything is in order, you can now proceed with your grand designs of making this once gloomy corner of your house into something you or your family can start enjoying.
- Decide what you want to do. As soon as the basement is clear, clean, and smelling fresh, decide what you want to do with it. There are literally hundreds of options available namely converting it into a video game and multimedia den complete with the latest video game consoles, a huge flat screen TV, and vintage pinball machines. If this is not your cup of tea, then you may want to transform the area into a workshop, a nice home office, or a simple guest bedroom. Well, it is all up to you so decide now. You may need to discuss it with your wife and kids first though. As soon as you get the green light, start developing your plans.
- Repaint and redo. Examine the basement and evaluate what you need to convert it into something more appealing and functional. First off, repair and repaint your walls based on the theme you decided on. If the floors and ceiling seems a bit dingy, then consider hiring a contractor to redo them. Adding insulation to the walls is another thing to tinker with as most basements are not well insulated. Maybe a bit of electrical rewiring may be an option as well. In any case, decide on your needs and hire a contractor to do it for you. If you think you can do it yourself, then go for it.
- Decorate the hell out of it. Once the walls, floors, ceiling, and any other aspect of the basement has been redone and refinished, start measuring the dimension of the room. Use the measurements as a basis for shopping and purchasing the many furniture and appliances you will need. Make sure to add nice lighting to convert this old, dark, and musty place into something worthy of your enjoyment. This is actually the fun part of the process since you will be making your theme come to fruition.
As you complete the conversion, add the finishing touches and inaugurate the new room with a small party or celebration complete with food and drinks. Invite your friends to lounge around and enjoy the place.