Give your basement a total 180°
By Scott McGillivray
(NC)—The start of a new season is the perfect time to check some tasks off of your “to do” list – whether it's to get in shape or tackle at-home projects. If you're planning on making some simple but effective changes at home, here are some tips on how to give your basement a total 180-degree makeover.
Installing acoustic insulation is the perfect excuse to crank up the subwoofer, host a get-together or let the kids run wild. Soundproofing is the ultimate solution to maximize your basement's peace, quiet and privacy. Industry experts suggest using Roxul Safe n' Sound, which effectively absorbs sound and is easy to work with.
Out with the old, in with a floor
Installing a new floor or updating the existing one can improve the overall comfort level and look of your basement. Many unfinished basements have basic concrete flooring, which is cold year-round. Flooring options are endless – hardwood, laminate, cork and Berber flooring all add warmth to a basement bedroom or TV room, play mats are great for kids' playrooms and carpets are perfect to make any room feel more comfy and welcoming.
Get creative with a fresh coat of paint
Transform the dull and boring space into an inviting entertainment oasis or a colourful playroom with a simple coat of paint. When considering the paint, think about what colour will compliment your existing furniture. To add some drama, consider adding depth and visual interest to your space with a different coloured accent wall.
Throw pillows, rugs, lighting, and artwork are simple additions that can immediately enhance or change your basement's look and feel. Pot lights can modernize, while art work and throw pillows can add a splash of colour. Decide on a theme and colour scheme for your room and keep your eye out for staple pieces that will make it feel like an entirely new space.
Scott McGillivray is a full-time real estate investor, contractor, television host, writer, and educator.
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