In many family homes, the basement can be arranged as a recreation center for various activities. However, some work is usually needed in older homes to make the area clean, well-lit, and organized to accommodate family activities. While a clean basement room or space can be used for anything from a sewing room to a home office, here are some renovation ideas for family leisure and recreation that everyone is sure to love.
With people of all ages enjoying a range of digital devices, a computer room might be the place to congregate during everyone’s free time. Laptop or desktop computers for everyone provides opportunities to play online large group video games or to meet up at social media sites. Music options like iPods or iTunes playlists through the computer, iPad, or smartphones is another way to relax and hang out with friends or family members. Instead of being isolated at a single technological device in a personal bedroom, everyone can spend time together either doing their own thing or sharing group activities. The room will need to be wired for technology with space for routers or modems, printers, and other auxiliary equipment as needed.
One of the biggest complaints about basements is how dark they are and how they lack natural light. While you won’t be able to get all the light you do in other parts of the home, adding windows and window wells can create a more cheery atmosphere, and save on electricity during the day. If you choose parts of the basement that are not as far underground or that are facing east and west for your additional windows, you will get more light. You can also install heavy curtains to block out the light when you are watching movies or playing night games.
Create your very own art studio or gallery with paints, chalk, watercolors, clay, metal, and other innovative materials for producing art in various forms. Painting, sculpting, and building are just some of the activities that can offer hours of fun time spent with others or individually. A photography studio is another option, along with a modest theater stage for producing homemade drama in the form of stage plays. Musical practice on an instrument, vocal recording, or as a band is another way to utilize a creative area by renovating the basement. Kids who have opportunities to write music or plays, or to make artistic designs with their hands, often develop strong thinking skills and imaginative flair.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is the body. A home library offers a quiet place to select from shelves of classic books, best sellers, do-it-yourself publications, and whatever magazines might be of interest. Children who read or are read to from an early age have been shown to perform at higher levels in school than those who do not have much exposure to books or reading. Some people build a personal library at home by collecting rare books or a meaningful selection of influential books written over the past 2,500 years and translated into English. Although numerous ancient and new works are available online, many readers prefer to cuddle up with a book on a comfortable sofa or stuffed chair while drinking tea or munching fruit for a tactile rather than merely visual experience. Cozy furniture and efficient lighting along with wall shelves are adequate for the purpose.
Whatever your family’s interest, a renovated basement has much to offer. At minimal cost with streamlined effort, refinished basement space can become a fun-filled family getaway.