2022 Basement Remodeling Design Tips

Basement remodels breathe new life into cramped spaces. They can be blank canvases for customizing your homes with exactly what it has been missing to meet your needs. A basement remodel may be your best bet, whether you’re adding extra bedrooms, creating a laundry command station to clothe your army, or building an extra kitchen and entertaining space to wow your guests at your next party.

Here at Creative Building Concepts in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, we’re experts in helping our clients take stock of their existing space and budget, and design the perfect space to fit their needs. We’d love for you to benefit from our basement remodeling experience.

2022 Basement Remodeling Design Tips

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Basement Wall Ideas

Basements are great places to experiment with bold styles and trends. Adding a focal point or special design feature in a basement wall can set the tone for your room, even when it’s empty. Here are some of our favorite unique basement wall ideas:

  1. Carry through brick or stone from the fireplace to the entire wall or corner
  2. Chalkboard
  3. Pegboard
  4. Built-in shelving, storage, or secret bookcase door
  5. Fold-away bed
  6. Display area for your collection or hobby
  7. Picture wall

If you’re wondering about the cost of your basement remodel, check out our recent blog on this topic.

Basement Fireplace 

Because basements are below ground, they can feel like dark caves. Sometimes, that’s not a bad thing! Many clients banish the chilly basement feel with a fireplace. From stone to brick, rustic to vintage, fireplaces are a great way to set the tone of your space. Lean into the cozy vibe and add a stunning fireplace. 

Basement Color Trends

Basement colors in 2022 are trending away from plain white and into the more playful territory. Dark paint can highlight light fixtures and fireplaces and create a warm, intimate space. Bright and bold color appears on more walls and upholstery throughout our recent projects. Why not mustard? Why not plum? Use rich color to personalize your space.

Basement Remodels for Kids 

Basement remodeling projects can create fantastic spaces for kids. Moving your main play area to the basement can solve several growing families’ problems. For one thing, it gets kids' gear out from underfoot in your main living space and provides romper room for your littles to burn some of that energy. Here are some of our favorite basement remodeling ideas for kids:

  1. After you’re finished building extra storage, add more storage
  2. Add a designated playroom
  3. Include open spaces and high ceilings for physical play
  4. Built-in climbing and play spaces - don't forget the crash pads

Flooring for Basement Remodels 

Flooring installed below grade should not readily absorb moisture, like in a basement remodel. We do not recommend materials like carpet or hardwood for basements for this reason. The best material for your basement will depend on your basement’s current construction. Popular flooring materials for basement remodels includes:

  1. Luxury Vinyl Plank or Tiles
  2. Concrete - treated, painted, or stained
  3. Ceramic or porcelain tile
  4. Engineered wood flooring 

Basement Remodel First Steps 

The best way to start your basement remodel process is to take stock of what you expect. Here are some things to consider before interviewing potential contractors:

  1. What elements of your project are most important?
  2. How do you want to expand your current living space?
  3. What is your budget for your remodel?
  4. How will your project be financed?

Once you have a good idea of the result you’re targeting, it is time to enter the design phase. A design professional, such as an architect or design-build construction company, can help you begin your plans. It can be tempting to rush ahead, but the more time you spend in planning and design, the less likely you are to run into unexpected hurdles.

For more information about our superior design process, head over here.

Permits Needed for Basement Remodeling 

The permits needed for your basement remodel will depend on the work you are planning. A permit is required if the work involves electricity, plumbing, or HVAC or if walls are removed or added.

Basement Remodel Return on Investment 

A basement remodel usually returns about 70% of your investment when you sell your home. Basement remodeling projects are different from other remodels because basement square footage does not always count toward the total square footage for your home. Even still, basement living space is absolutely living space and the extra features included in your basement remodel will change how you live in your house and make it more attractive to potential buyers.

Get the Best Basement in Central Pennsylvania 

We know our expertise at Creative Building Concepts can help anyone interested in a basement remodel. We’d be delighted to talk to you if you are lucky enough to be in the Metro Harrisburg, York, or Carlisle area. Our attention to detail, creativity, and superb client communication make us great partners in making your basement remodel dreams come true. Reach out today to get started!

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