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Basement Renovation Isn’t A Big Deal, But Here’s Why You Believe Otherwise

Despite their potential, the majority of us use our basements for tasks like laundry, junk storage, or other such unnecessary pursuits. That’s an issue you’re going to want to address if your family is at risk of outgrowing your home. Yet, even in the face of moving as an alternative, many of us simply don’t get around to making our basements beautiful. Why? Because we imagine it’ll be too much work, for one thing.

In reality, though, basement renovations are some of the easiest, and any issues they do pose have simpler fixes than you’d think. Most often, in fact, imagined struggles come down to a few fundamental mistakes on your part, as we’ll be looking at here.

Determination to do it all alone

It is possible to DIY some aspects of basement renovation, but you may also need to accept outside help sometimes. For instance,  things like lighting and window installations are fundamental for a livable space and are out of reach for you. Equally, failing to turn to outside junk removal companies as found at would see you struggling to clear up at the end of the task. These may be small considerations in the grand scheme of your project, but trust us when we say that they can make a considerable difference overall.

Failure to utilize what you’ve got

Your basement is a ready-made, and often largely ready-to-use space. Yet, it’s astounding how few of us utilize that fact. Rather than taking the bare structure we already have and creating haven of relaxation; we’re more liable to assume this task will take a lot of work. In reality, though, overcoming this issue is as easy as spending a little time in your basement as it stands. The more you get to know the space, the more you should realize that it’s much closer to completion than you give it credit for.

Thinking too big

Along the same lines, basement renovation can also become pretty daunting if you approach it by thinking too big. By this, we mean if you plan to knock walls down or add an entire downstairs sauna to your home. These tasks are, obviously, going to require a fair bit of planning and expertise. But, there are so many other simplistic basement ideas. In fact, as can be seen on sites like, many people are now turning to this as a money-saving alternative to more pricey renovation undertakings. Make sure that you enjoy those affordability and simplicity benefits by considering basic basement functions, like playrooms, television areas, or just a spare bedroom for guests. In every instance, you should find that you only need to undertake a few tweaks along the way.

Of course, the ease with which you can access basement renovation will, in large part, depend on the state of your basement as it stands. But, there’s more than a little chance that you’ll find, with these pointers in mind, that this isn’t half the mammoth task you’ve been expecting.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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