If you have a basement or an extra bedroom, chances are it will end up being used for storing holiday decorations and that treadmill you bought several years ago. However, using these spaces creatively and efficiently can make an extreme impact on your home value and your overall quality of life.
If you have extra space in your home, and you don’t want it to be wasted, the first step is to plan exactly what you want and what works for your family. Deciding how to use the areas in your home during the building process will save you time and money, and allow for the correct allocation of things like heating and cooling systems, electricity, and supply and drain lines.
Once those behind the scene details are mapped out, the real fun begins. Specialty rooms, such as wine chambers, home theaters, entertainment bars, exercise rooms, and gaming areas are some of the most popular options for these flex spaces.
Wine cellars and bars are growing in popularity around the country. What was once considered something only for mega-mansions has now become more affordable and attainable for wine enthusiasts, collectors, and those that like to entertain. Whether the area is designed for functionality or bravado, adding it to your home can make a bold statement.
An expression often heard for the basement or extra room is “man cave,” and although the purpose of planning is to change your space from a cave to a castle, there is one area where darkness and seclusion are welcome…the home theater. When considering a home theater, a homeowner should look at is the room size and the location. The size should be at least 12×12 and somewhat isolated from other parts in the house.
If you know you have extra spaces in your residence and would like to do something creative, you should always work in close collaboration with your builder so that you get exactly what you want. Not treating your basement or additional rooms like an afterthought and more like an extension of your house, with modern design elements, will make a huge difference in the appeal of your home. Consider this space your blank canvas to make it exactly what you want.