what you can do to reduce heating costs

what you can do to reduce heating costs

Converting Your Basement To Usable Living Space

by Mia Kuhn

There are a lot of fun things you can do with your basement if you decide you want to convert it to usable space in your home. You will need to take a few steps to ensure that you can use the space with damage to furnishing and depending on if it is finished or not, you will most likely want to finish it before using it. But why not make space a part of your home and enjoy it instead of just walking over it and wondering what lives down there in the dark?

Finishing the Basement

If your basement is not finished, you will want to take the time to clean it out and get it ready to be used. If you have water seeping into through the bricks or floor you will need to seal that first. Make sure all the gaps are filled properly then paint foundation walls with waterproofing before putting up any paneling or sheetrock. Once any water issues are dealt with, you can start planning the space and remodeling it to suit your plan.

Creating A Family Room

If the space is big enough, a finished basement makes a great family room. It is a great way to keep the kid's toys out of your living room, provide a place for them to play, and gives the family a space to gather for movies, games, or other activities. Let the kids help choose the colors for the walls, the decor, and maybe even the carpet so they feel involved and you will end up with a space everyone feels comfortable in.

Creating A Photo Studio

If you need space for a small home photo studio, a finished basement is a great option. Once the space is finished, you can add backdrops, floor drops, and lighting to the space that will allow you to quickly and easily set up the studio to create images and work out of your home if you like. If the basement has a private entrance, its own bathroom, and enough space for a changing area, you could have a great space to work without having to take any space away from your living area.

Creating An Additional Bedroom

If your kids are getting older and you need more space, you can use your newly finished basement to create a bedroom or studio apartment for one of the kids. It would also make a great space for an in-law apartment if you needed space to have an aging parent living with you. The possibilities are almost endless but if you have the square footage, why not use it?

For more information, contact companies like Winston Brown Construction.


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what you can do to reduce heating costs

Does your heating bill send you into a state of shock? If so, now is the time for you to begin making changes to your home to bring the cost of heating your home down. In years past, my heating bill was actually more than my mortgage was. It really made getting through the winter difficult for my family. I decided to do something about the high bills. I started with insulation, then invested in some new windows, and I also changed the way that we used our utilities. You can learn everything that I did to reduce my heating bill so that you can cut your heating bill as well.