The Oft-Overlooked BasementDecember 9, 2014
When designing your home, you probably spend most of your time focusing on the exterior look of your home as well as the interior, specifically the rooms that the most time is spent in, as well as those rooms that serve the most functions. For example, the kitchen of a home is critical to the success and happiness of your house; quite a bit of time and money is spent considering how to lay the kitchen out. Similarly, the size, aesthetic, and positioning of bedrooms, bathrooms, the living room and family room and dining room, and more are all considered quite carefully when designing your home. Yet in all the hubbub it is easy to forget the basement.
Consider Your Basement
It is important to carefully consider your basement’s design and dimensions. This is, after all, the foundation of your home, that which everything in your home will be built upon. More importantly, the basement is where most of your less-often-used objects are stored until they’re needed, from books to winter clothes to holiday decorations. If you didn’t have a sizeable basement, you’d be forced to store these things in closets and crawlspaces and in your garage – spaces better-suited to serve other functions, but which they need space to do properly.
Being Smart About Your Basement
The problem with this need is that we like to overdo our basements, sometimes. You need to carefully consider every aspect of your basement if its primary purpose – to store things – is to be maximized. Ductwork beams, for example, must be integrated in such a way to minimize the amount of space they have or, at the very least, the ceiling of your basement should be higher to account for them; nine-foot walls can quickly lead to eight-foot ceilings with vents and other things hanging down from the ceiling, such as lights and so on, which subsequently consumes a considerable amount of storage space. That’s space you can’t afford to lose! Be smart about your basement’s design and it will repay you a thousand-fold.