Where do your guests sleep when they stay for a long weekend? Is it currently necessary for some family members to tuck in with siblings or do the guests end up on the fold-out sofa in the den? It would be nice to have a more accommodating place for your guests. One way you can create the space is to convert the basement into a lovely guest suite. Here are four basics to include in the conversion design.
Seal the Walls and Floor
After the space is thoroughly cleaned, it’s important to seal the floor and the walls. Your goal is to apply a protective coat that prevents the seepage that triggers mold and mildew. This is especially important if you plan on paneling the walls or installing carpeting or tile on the floor. It will also help minimize the musty odor that is often present in basements and prevent damage that carpet, tile, or paneling.
Add More Electrical Outlets
Most basements don’t have an abundance of electrical outlets. Think of where you plan on placing different elements and designate convenient locations for a series of new outlets. For example, you will want to make sure there are at least two outlets on the wall where you plan on placing the bed. One or two more outlets in the corner where you plan on placing a desk is also a good idea. If one corner will be dressed with a comfortable chair for reading, remember there must be an outlet for a table lamp. The goal is to ensure your guest does not need an extension cord to plug in devices like smartphones or tablets, or have to crawl under furniture to get to an outlet. An expert from Penguin Basements in Barrie can help you come up with a layout for the outlets and ensure they are installed properly.
Use Brighter Colors
While your basement does have a couple of small windows, very little natural light enters the space. One way you can make the most of natural and ambient light is to use brighter colours for the decor. Start with a wall colour that will softly reflect more of the light and create the illusion of a more expansive space. A matching shade or colour for the floor will also help. Remember that if you dress those small windows with any type of treatments, use designs that can be closed at night but will also not interfere with allowing natural light into the space during the day.
Consider Adding a Private Bath
Your guests should not have to trudge up and down the basement stairs in order to take a shower. Consider adding a full bath to one corner of the basement. Your guests will love it, and family members will not have to adjust their typical morning schedules in terms of showers and general bathroom use.
Remember there are all sorts of ways to convert a basement into living space. If you have an idea but are not sure how to make the vision into reality, talk with the team at Penguin Basements in Cambridge. It won’t take long to come up with a plan, lock in the cost, and begin transforming the space.