An unfinished basement presents the homeowner with a blank canvas that exciting and intimidating at the same time. You have the money to fund a basement remodel but what to do with all that space?

And who can help you turn it into a truly functional and attractive area of your home?

Perhaps the best way to look at all this unused space is not as a single room but as exactly what most full basements really are – an extra level. Think about adding walls and even smaller rooms within this larger space. Here are a few ideas:

Create Divisions – You can put a large basement to a number of different uses at the same time. By erecting half walls – full walls can often make things too dark by blocking out the natural light – you could divide the square footage into a media room, home gym and a children’s play area all at the same time. To further divide the space different areas can be painted and decorated in different colours to make the whole area a little cozier.

Add a Bathroom – If you are going to be using your basement a lot adding a small bathroom is great idea. After all, who wants to run upstairs to use the facilities in the middle of a workout or a great movie?

Create Closed Storage Spaces – Many people use their unfinished basements for storage and you do not have to lose that convenience when you commission a basement remodel. Have your basement remodeling specialist wall of a section of the whole area and add a door to create an organized storage room that will not detract from the appearance of your remodeled basement as whole.

Lighting is Everything – Most basements are rather dark and offer very little in the way of natural light. This can make them feel rather claustrophobic and unnatural. If you can add new windows that let in more sunlight by all means do so. Otherwise, work out a lighting scheme that has several elements – ambient, task and decorative – to make the room feel more like the rest of your home.

Don’t Forget the Stairs – The majority of unfinished basements do not have the most attractive staircases in the world so this is an area you are definitely going to have to give some serious thought to.There are many different basement staircase options available these days that can either fade away into the background and allow the space to stand out, or the staircase itself can become the focal point of the overall design.

These are just a few things to keep in mind when you are planning a basement remodel. The real secret of successfully converting a dark, dank space into something livable and useful is working with the right basement remodeling contractor. Remodeling a basement presents a unique set of challenges that no other space in the home does. Look for a professional who has a great deal of experience in basement remodeling, as well of course as one who has a good reputation. Once you have found the right one you can look forward to all the things you will be able to do once that blank canvas of a basement has been turned into a masterpiece.