Are you weighing out the pros and cons of adding a kitchen in your basement? If you have the space and the funds, there aren’t a whole lot of cons!
Here are some of these reasons why you should green-light that basement kitchen project.
1. A place to entertain
If you enjoy entertaining, adding a kitchen to your basement is a natural choice.
It provides a separate area just for parties and gatherings, which is a big plus for some.
You can cook and entertain without as much worry about mess invading the main living area of your home.
If your basement is spacious, be sure to include as much countertop and cabinet space as possible.
Don’t forget about an island, that all-important spot to display your yummy spread!
Some built-in seating is always valuable in any kitchen area and your basement kitchen is no different.
Ask your contractor what options would work best for your space.
If you have tween or teenaged children, it’s also a great spot for them to hang out with their friends and have a snack and a drink — without constantly running up and down the stairs!
2. Showcase your originality
A kitchen in your basement can be an outlet to showcase your design creativity.
In planning for your main kitchen, consider the color and style of the surrounding areas. You want the rooms to complement each other.
You aren’t bound by any certain color palette or style when it comes to your downstairs kitchen, thought. Here’s where you can let your personality really come through.
You’re free to make bolder choices and maybe add some quirky touches you aren’t as likely to use in your regular kitchen area.
Don’t be afraid to play with color. Add some funky hardware to your cabinets and drawers. Be as creative and fun as you want to be!
3. Create more living space
A time may come when you want to turn your basement into a full living space.
Maybe you have aging parents and you’d like to create an in-law suite.
Providing them with their own kitchen is not only convenient, but also provides them with the freedom that they’re used to.
It can also be a convenient apartment for older children who are ready for some independence, but aren’t quite prepared to totally leave the nest.
Some empty-nesters or people with no children may want to earn some extra income and rent out their basement living space as an apartment.
In any case, the kitchen is going to be a must-have.
4. Make a sound investment
It may not be first and foremost in your mind, but a second, downstairs kitchen can really increase the resale value of your home.
With an estimated 70.3 percent return on your investment, a basement remodel is one of the smartest home upgrades you can fund.
A few considerations
There are some safety and practicality issues to consider, including these:
- Consider your options when it comes to the best kind of hood fan for your stove. There are several appropriate options available, so be sure to consider needs like lighting and ventilation. You’ll want to eliminate moisture and keep those cooking smells contained as much as possible.
- Don’t forget about fire safety! Make sure to install a smoke detector and have a fire extinguisher handy at all times.
- Insulation in the walls and the basement ceiling will keep the floors of the upstairs from getting too chilly and will also provide sound-proofing.
- If your basement is totally unfinished before you begin your kitchen, make sure that any moisture issues are completely taken care of prior to construction.
A basement kitchen can be a wonderful addition to your home. You’ll want to enjoy your new space for years to come, so make sure you don’t undertake the job without the help of a qualified contractor. Give us a call if you have questions about undertaking a basement kitchen project!