Partially Finished Basement and Small Basement Ideas For Finishing & Decorating Your Basement On A Budget (Before & After Pics Too!)
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Basement Decorating Ideas
Before jumping into finishing your basement, make a plan for what you want your basement area to be. Whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring a basement renovation contractor, you need to have a good idea of how you want your basement to look after it’s remodeled – AND have a budget in mind that you are willing to spend to refinish your basement.
Knowing what you want BEFORE you start hiring contractors or finishing your basement yourself will go a long way to saving money.
How Much Will It Cost?
The cost to finish your basement depends on a lot of factors – mainly how much work you have to do in order to get your basement ready to remodel and decorate, and the cost of the decorating items and furniture you pick.
As a general rule, you can estimate about $50 a square foot to finish your basement. If you’re finishing your basement on a budget, you can estimate $25 a square foot or lower (depending on how much work you’re willing to do yourself to save labor costs and getting discounted items for your project).
The good news is that finishing your currently unfinished basement should definitely help increase the value of your home.
Finishing a Basement Cost Estimator
When figuring your basement finishing cost, this cost estimator is really helpful.
Naturally, it is not an EXACT estimate, but it could give you a ballpark amount to budget when planning your basement remodel and deciding if it is worth it to finish a small basement if you have little money.
Here are some tips for finishing your basement:
1. Decide on the type of basement you want before doing anything else.
You have a wide array of choices to choose from and you have to choose wisely. Popular basement types are basement wet bars, extra bedrooms, a home office, or a craft room or sewing room. Deciding on a basement design requires you to measure your basement. This will help you decide on the type of design your basement can accommodate.
2. Draw it out first.
A good idea on how to finish basement is draw up a floor plan that is up to scale. Any construction work needs to be drawn on paper for it to be followed precisely. You can base your floor plan on the original floor plan of the basement.
3. Maximize all the natural light that you can get.
Windows in basements can be a rare thing because it is underground, but if you can place a window here or there, it could definitely improve the living condition in your basement.
Above all – have fun with your basement project!
That basement or partial basement area in your home holds so much potential to improve and increase the living area in your home in a beautiful way that adds value to your home.
Here are some before, after and DURING pictures of a beautiful finished basement remodel – they included a bar area that has a basement bar with a wine cooler fridge, game area, bathroom and an entertainment/living room area.
It turned out great!
Here’s that same before picture area – and what that basement area looks like now that it’s finished:
And here is the whole finished basement totally remodeled for… only $2,000!
Unfinished Basement Before and After
If you’re looking for ideas to finish your basement on a budget, just look at this before and after tour of a small unfinished basement to now a finished and decorated usable space:
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