About Basement Bedrooms

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A basement bedroom is a cost-effective way to add living space to a home without additional construction. Basement bedrooms can have many functions and features. An effective plan, budget and knowledge of building codes can help a basement bedroom add significant value to a home.

Significance

  • Adding a bedroom in the basement is an affordable choice that can also save a great deal of time Unlike additions, a basement bedroom doesn't require any outside construction. If basement space already exists in a house, it can be turned into a bedroom with careful planning and low-maintenance changes.

Function

  • A basement bedroom can act as a permanent living area for children, teenagers or adults, and can be turned into a guest bedroom for company. A basement bedroom can also double as an entertainment area, play area or work space. The function of the basement bedroom will vary depending upon the personal preference, size of the space and the available budget.

Considerations

  • In order for a basement bedroom to meet building safety codes, it must have an egress window installed in it. The purpose of the egress window is to allow access in case of an emergency such as a fire. This project can be contracted out to professionals at a relatively low cost. If you're looking to save even more money, however, it's also possible to complete it without outside help. In addition to meeting safety codes, an egress window will also allow more light into a bedroom basement.

    Decide what kinds of walls will go up in the bedroom basement. Many people choose to put up drywall, a somewhat easy and cost-effective option. Others choose to install paneling. Consider what kinds of floors would work best for the basement bedroom. Hardwood floors are a popular and modern choice, while carpeting and rugs can add comfort and padding--especially if the basement bedroom will be occupied by children.

    Dampness in a basement bedroom can also be an issue. Dry out the basement if necessary before adding walls, carpet or another type of flooring. If you have a sump pump, make sure it's in working order. It will also be helpful to have an emergency generator in case the sump pump breaks or the power goes out, but this is a pretty big expense and is optional.

Features

  • Many features can be added to a basement bedroom. Lighting is one of the most important features, as many basements are dark and have very little other natural light resources. While an egress window will help with this, it can also beneficial to include movable track lighting. Freestanding lamps are also an option. Be sure to include additional power sources for lamps if they do not already exist in the bedroom basement.

    French doors are another popular feature in a bedroom basement. Installing a Murphy bed that pulls out of the wall is a great way to save space. Building bookshelves into the wall and adding a closet are other options that can help with storage space. If possible, add a bathroom off the basement bedroom for added convenience. These features aren't cheap, so they should be considered only as a budget will allow.

Benefits

  • Basement bedrooms not only provide extra space and save money in construction, they can add value to a home. A finished basement bedroom that is up to building code standards can increase the appraisal value of a house significantly. Home appraisers and real estate agents will have updated information about proper codes and be able to give advice about how to get the most value out of a basement bedroom.

Expert Insight

  • When finishing a basement bedroom, it's recommended to use professional contractors to complete the work. If this is not possible, consult experts and complete needed research to develop a precise plan and budget. Completing some of the work without a professional contractor and hiring a contractor for the more complicated aspects of a basement bedroom is also a cost-effective option.

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