5 Reasons to Add a Finished Basement to Your Home

by Matthew BreyerNovember 28, 2018

As a homeowner, you want to maximize all of the available space in your home. This same principle should be applied to your basement. A finished basement provides several benefits to homeowners and their families. From organization to versatility, here are five reasons to consider adding a finished basement to your home.

Gives You More Living Space

Have you ever felt like you needed more room to spread out? Whether more people are living in the home or members of the household need more privacy, it’s never a bad thing to add extra living space. A finished basement is a great way to accomplish this, as this project can add 1,000 square feet or more of new living space to your home. Once complete, you can use this newly renovated space in a variety of ways for you, your family, and your guests.

Helps You Get Organized

Unfinished basements often become dumping grounds for boxes, tools, and other various items. One way to de-clutter this space is with a finished basement. During the planning and design process, you have the option to incorporate new shelving, closets, and storage rooms into the finished product. A finished basement helps create new dedicated spaces for miscellaneous items while maintaining a cleaner, more organized appearance.

Creates a Versatile Space

With a finished basement project, you have a blank slate with which to create the room you’ve always wanted for your home. This newly renovated space can be used in several different ways. Some popular uses include:

  • Game room
  • In-home theater
  • Spare bedroom
  • Hobby/craft room
  • Home office
  • In-home gym

A finished basement can be virtually anything you want it to be. If you have a clear idea of how you want to use this space, consult your renovation contractor. He or she may have extensive experience in what you are looking for and could bring new ideas for the project.

Saves on Energy Costs

In several cases, unfinished basements lack proper insulation and contain air leaks. These issues may result in lost heat for the home and increased energy bills. A finished basement (with adequate insulation and energy efficient windows) will help create a stable, comfortable environment throughout your home without extra effort from your HVAC system. This project may cut down on monthly energy bills and amount to significant savings over time.

Increases the Value of Your Home

If resale is a possibility in your future, you are likely interested in increasing the overall value of your home. Strategic renovation projects, such as a finished basement, are a great way to accomplish this goal. There is almost as much demand for finished basements as there is for homes with modern kitchens and bathrooms. Finishing your basement may result in a return on investment of more than 100%.

Whether you are interested in renovating your home now or later, consider adding a finished basement. This project is an affordable way to add extra living space, reduce costs, and receive a high return on your investment. Ultimately, it is a highly versatile space that can provide many advantages for you and your family.

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About The Author
Matthew Breyer
Matthew Breyer is the owner of Breyer Construction & Landscape, a family-owned residential remodeling company in southeastern Pennsylvania that specializes in designing and building custom outdoor living areas and other home improvements. Matt wears many hats in this role, including Lead-Designer where he works directly with clients as well as supporting the rest of the BCL design team as they work to understand our client’s dreams, needs, and concerns — and create a unique solution to ensure the finished project exceeds expectations. When not working, Matt enjoys spending time with his family, as well as serving as president of the North American Deck and Railing Association.