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Have the kids moved out? Is the basement of your home sitting unused? Or is it storing boxes and junk? You have come to the right place because we are talking about home remodeling ideas for empty nesters.


Home Remodeling Ideas for Empty Nesters

When it comes to remodeling your basement, whether it has concrete floors or carpeting. It has a lot of possibilities. Although most people think about adding in an additional bedroom or perhaps an entertainment spot for the children in the basement. Take the time to think about being an empty nester and how to use the basement area for your interests and hobbies. 

When people first start to look into remodeling their basements, there are a few things that they look into to update and replace. Some of the things that people either add or update/return are:

  1. Lighting – which can often be dim and a little hard to see in.
  2. Outlets – either because there aren’t any or there are too few.
  3. A Seating Area – basements don’t often have seating
  4. Entertainment – like a sound system and or a TV.
  5. Functionality by adding counter space and a sink – this is an excellent feature if you enjoy collecting or crafting wine.

Along with adding in or updating the listed items another item that they often incorporate is repurposed wood to add character.

Additional Items to Add in Your Basement

Besides what is listed above, some other ideas and interests can be added to an empty-nesters basement. One of these ideas is incorporating an in-home workout space. What makes basements a great space to include workout spaces in is because not everyone’s fitness routines or goals are the same. Wood floors for yoga, carpeting for stretching and powerlifting, and rubber mats to protect the floor from heavy equipment. Those three items are great to have in a workout space. You can even add a sauna in the space as well. 

Another great feature to include is an entertainment area. Especially since hanging out on a deck during a hot summer day or evening isn’t fun. So take the time to turn your basement into a wet bar. Another great idea is putting in a home theater. Because people enjoy going to the movies and basements often have smaller windows that let in a little light. It doesn’t take much to invest in and set up, dim Lighting, a projector, and a screen. By having a home theater and a wet bar in the same space, you can either have a movie night or friends over to try some new wines that you either made yourself or got from the store to try. Because some basements are too small for a wet bar or an entertainment area, a great idea you can do is turn it into a wine cellar. 

Since basements have a lot of potential, you can add another bedroom or more living space down there. Having an additional living space in your home is an excellent idea because it is a space that you can go to relax and let the stress of the day melt away. Another great idea that people have done with their basements is turned them into apartments.

Lotz of Logic

Whether you are empty nesters now or will be in the future, take a look at your basement and decide on what you want to use the space as. So whether it is an entertainment area, a place to craft wine or beer, or to use as a train hobby space. By adding in a kitchenette with updated appliances and a small island and creating boundaries between living space and a bedroom/bathroom. You have a comfortable space for a guest to stay in. And if you wanted to, you could rent the space out as an Airbnb space.

No matter what you use the space for or when you start remodeling it, remember that a dreary basement today can be a place of excitement tomorrow.

 Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on home remodeling ideas for empty nesters, give me a call. My team and I have been serving Orland Park, Homer Glen, Mokena, Frankfort, Tinley Park, New Lenox, Lemont, Orland Hills, Palos Park, St John IN, and all of the Chicago area for 30+ years.

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