Nowadays, the goal of every homeowner is to raise the value of his or her home s. It's worth it. Finished basements can work great as far as adding a spare bedroom, home office, laundry area, bathroom, kitchen or recording room is concerned. If you have no idea how to renovate your basement, the following tips may help you.

Make a focal point

Often, most basements don't have a focal point, especially those basements that are long and narrow. So, what you need to do is create a central point, such as a fireplace, as this will help you define the space in addition to keep the space cozy and warm.

Pay attention to the windows

Generally, basement windows are not given the importance that they deserve. Most homeowners waste a lot of light. The primary living space should be placed near the windows to get the most out of the natural light.

Look for alternatives

If you have the wall-to-wall carpeting, you should look for an alternative. People tend to make use of wall-to-wall carpeting for the floor of the basement as it's warm and comfy. So, what you should do is ask your installer about the subfloor materials for waterproofing and insulation.

Typically, under-floor heating works great to heat up the basements. You can also lay some vinyls on the heated floors.

Use the space

The free space below the stairs should also be used. Often, this space is wasted. You can use this space to make the area look great. For instance, you can turn the area into a wet bar, built-in storage or a kitchenette.

Condense bulkheads

You can condense electrical, plumbing and structural beams into just one bulkhead. You can consider certain areas, such as TV area and the seating area. Moreover, if you can use a certain area, go for it. However, you may want to paint the bulkheads as well, but make sure the color is the same as the ceiling color.

Choose modular furniture

Before you buy furniture, make sure you measure the turning radius, height and width of the stairs. After all, you don't want to end up with a section that you can't fit anywhere.

Consider laundry rooms

If you really need your laundry room in your basement, make sure you save some space by turning it into a pass-through galley area that features a pocket door.

Layer lighting

If your ceiling lights are not too high, you can add to the lighting with the help of recessed lights. Aside from this, you can also make use of the under-cabinet lights in the laundry and kitchenettes area. For mood lighting, you can install a couple of decorative fixtures.

Make another bathroom

You can turn the cold-storage spaces into a bathroom.

Get the most out of finishes

You can layer patterns and textures throughout the basement to add character and interest. Moreover, mixed metals and cool tiles will make your spaces more beautiful and catchy.

Long story short, you may want to use these tips if you are going to renovate your basement.

Source by Shalini Madhav