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Need Ideas for Your Partially Finished Basement?

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When you start a basement project, it can seem overwhelming. We get that. You want your basement to be a fun personal space but aren’t sure what to do. Maybe you’re also on a tight budget. Don’t worry, Mike Love Construction is here with tips and tricks on how to revitalize your partially finished basement without breaking the bank.

Cleaning & Decluttering

The first step to any home project is to make sure the area you’re working in is clean and decluttered. Make sure to sweep and wash down any floors and walls, as well as get cobwebs and other grime out of window wells, rafters, and corners. You want to make sure you have a blank canvas to work with, so move any items you want to store out of the workspace so you have enough room. Hand spraying cleaning solution on dirty wall

Lighting

The first and easiest way to completely change a room is with lighting. If you’re going to hang out in this space a lot with friends, need an extra bedroom, or are creating a home theater, lighting is important. For hangout spaces, try some industrial string lights or other outdoor-style lighting. Not only do you not have to worry about having lots of available outlets, but you’ll also have nice soft lighting for any event.

If you have ideas for a home theater, you can install some dimmer lights in the ceiling or you can install soft lights along the baseboard to direct people to the door and give them enough light to see their snacks.

String lights strung up in living room

Painting

One relatively cheap and easy way to transform a room is with paint. It’s not just confined to regular walls and ceilings anymore either. If you have concrete floors, you may think your basement looks kind of boring. To change this, pick any bright color of paint to give your room a nice pop of color. You can also choose a pattern (like a checkerboard) to really add some personality to your lower floors. You can also paint your walls, whether they’re brick, concrete, or cinder block to transform the whole room at eye level.

Painting a basement floor red & covering orange parts

Flooring

If you’re on a budget, you obviously don’t want to be paying for a lot of flooring, but as mentioned before, you can paint floors. If you’re using your basement as a play area or workout space, you can also buy cheap square foam floor mats in a variety of colors that can add some fun to the room. If you want to use the room for something else, they easily come apart and can be stored elsewhere. If you don’t like any of those ideas, there is a wide variety of rugs you can get online without emptying your wallet. These rugs will make the space look cozier without the added cost of carpeting the entire basement.

New rug/carpet in basement

Wall Dividers

If your basement is essentially one large room, you’re probably thinking there’s not much you can do with it. This doesn’t have to be the case. You can find cheap room dividers online that are easy to move and can transform one large space into several smaller areas so everyone in your home can have some space for their hobbies.

example of a wall divider for basements

Shelves

Shelves are a relatively cheap and easy way to transform any space, especially since the basement holds so much of your extra things and keepsakes. You want to make sure they’re safe without cluttering the entire basement and risk getting damaged. There are so many different shelving options, you’re sure to find one that fits your style and needs.

Bookshelf in basement

Choose Mike Love Construction

We can help you with all of these home projects. All you have to do is call. We know any home improvement project can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Let our expert team help you redesign and reorganize your entire home, starting with your partially finished basement. Give us a call today to learn more about what we can do for you and receive a free quote!