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Tackling a basement remodel can be a huge undertaking. Whether you simply want to make the space more livable or design a more elaborate room that allows your basement to blend in with the rest of your home. We are going to go over some common uses for finished basements and go over a few ways to create open space with what you’ve got.

Common Uses For Finished Basements

Kid Rooms

There are many reasons homeowners may want to transform their basements into usable space, but one of the most common motivations for a basement remodel lies with having children. With the 1000’s of toys kids get now a days, wouldn’t it be awesome to have a place to get them all? Many homeowners like to do a play room mixed with a TV room so the adults have a place to relax while the kids play.

Adult Spaces

Maybe your kids are grown up and wouldn’t benefit from a kids room. If that’s the case, maybe an adult room would suite your needs. We see a lot of homeowners put a bar, pool table or a TV area for those Sunday football games.


You could also turn your basement into additional space for guests, in-laws or even a live-in nanny. While this probably one of the most common basement remodels we see, keep in mind that there are regulations that are required. Such as, if you do turn your basement into a living space, you must have an escape window. Anyone who is doing your basement remodel should be able to create one buy cutting out the concrete and purchasing a window. However, obviously that is an additional expense.

Exercise Room

Another popular basement renovation is turning them into exercise rooms. Tired of gym memberships and having to leave your house to workout? If so, an exercise room may be for you. Exercise rooms generally need a good deal of space. If you plan on putting machines and benches in then it’s pretty much needed. The standard upstairs ceiling is about 8 feet. Many basements have lower than 8 feet though. If you plan on using a treadmill, it may be necessary that you have a higher ceiling so that you can stand on it and use the incline without hitting the ceiling.

Creating More Space

The biggest thing with basement remodels is to give the illusion that the space is grand, big, and open, not confined. Here are a few ideas on how you can achieve that with basement remodeling.


Sometimes proper lighting is all you need to give the illusion of more space. A good contractor will know how to install correct lighting to give the illusion that there is more space than there actually is.


Dark paint can make a room feel cozier, but in a basement, it can make everything appear dark and small. One way you can do this is buy painting doors and trim white instead of staining. This will help keep the space bright.


As mentioned earlier, egress or escape windows are necessary if you’re putting in a bedroom. Windows are easily the best way to increase lighting. However, installing new windows can be very expensive. If you don’t plan on using your basement as a sleeping area, than you could get away without installing windows and could save money. It really depends on your what you’re trying to achieve and how much of a budget you’re working with for your remodel.

There are endless ideas for you basement remodeling project. If you’re interested in receiving a free quote on yours, give ASJ a call. We have been providing services to the South Central, PA and Northern, MD regions for over 20 years. Our team of experienced construction managers are guaranteed to give you the basement remodel you’ve always wanted. Click one of our “Get A Quote” buttons located throughout our page or give us a call for your free estimate.

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