As the temperatures outside drop, the whole family starts spending more time indoors, and this is when space can become more of an issue. You may find yourself bumping into each other, tripping over pets and struggling to find space just to put anything down.
One of the best ways to make extra space in your house is by transforming your cellar into an extra room. Depending on how big your cellar is, a usable room could double the square footage of your home and increase the value of your home.
Here are a few tips that will help you transform your cellar and turn it into a comfortable, warm extra room:
Decide on a Purpose
Identify a requirement within your household that your cellar could provide. This may be an extra storage unit and pantry, a games room for your children, a bar and dining area for guests, or a second lounge or sitting room.
If you or your partner work from home, you could turn your cellar into a home office or work space, giving you extra room to get everything you need to do done without having to change any of your other rooms in the process.
The most important part of turning your cellar into a functioning room is to keep any moisture out. The last thing you want is to spend lots of money on a new room, only to find it becomes damp within the first week of using it.
There are a few different ways you can keep your cellar dry, including good ventilation, subfloor panel systems and dehumidifiers. It’s also a good idea to check that the drainage on your roof is clear of your foundations.
It can be quite tricky to heat a cellar, as heat tends to rise and disappear upstairs. Think about installing radiators and underfloor heating to keep your family’s feet warm during the colder months.
A radiant heat system will help to push warm air evenly round the room and eliminate any cold spots. Be sure to block off any gaps under doors with draught excluders too, as you don’t want any warm air created disappearing straight away.
Unfortunately, due to the fact cellars tend to be underground, they are often quite dark and gloomy. The best way to change this is with the clever use of lighting. Good lighting can make your cellar feel warm and inviting, meaning your whole family will want to be down there during the winter months.
Install windows where possible for natural lighting, and use bright spotlights on the ceiling and warming lamps in every available corner. Cover up any pipes and wiring and maybe give the room a splash of colour to give it a whole new feel.
Think about how your cellar is going to be used and what will make it as functional as possible. If you are going to use it as a daily living area, then it may be worth putting a toilet in down there. If you are going to use it as a dining area then think about getting an extra fridge.
Once you have transformed your cellar into a whole new room, you need to make sure don’t have to keep running back up the stairs to get things. If you don’t know where to start, then consider hiring a professional contractor to advise you on the room’s potential.
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