When every available bedroom is spoken and accounted for and building an addition isn’t in the budget, look to the basement for an ideal guest suite space. Here’s why creating an extra room down below is easier than you think.
A Blank Slate…Almost
Because your basement probably doesn’t currently hold much more than household systems equipment, some boxes and the odd piece of old furniture, you have an ideal opportunity to imagine a spacious room from scratch. Consider dividing the raw space into four discrete rooms: systems, storage, living and hygiene.
To make your guests feel welcome remember that “suite” means more than a bed and nightstand in a cramped space. If possible, create a separate living area with seating and electronics, such as a television. Incorporating a full bathroom, a luxurious touch, completes the guest experience nicely.
Don’t go overboard, though. Remember that the more upgrades you add, the less return you’re likely to see on your investment when you sell. And because many people use the basement for storage, you’ll need to plan for that as well.
Making Storage a Priority
If your guest suite will be a second home for a parent or employee such as a live-in nanny, don’t forget to include ample closet space in the bedroom. Linens, clothing, shoes, cleaning supplies and more should all have a happy home in the basement; other items, such as holiday decorations, family records and other important items should be stored separately.
Put Yourself in Your Guest’s Shoes
Treat your guests as you would want yourself treated. Enlarge windows for extra natural light, paint and carpet in soothing tones and use clean, comfortable linens on bedding. Keep the bathroom clean, vacuum regularly and don’t forget to dust.
Finally, don’t forget to make safety a priority. Install carbon monoxide and smoke detectors where necessary and don’t forget to have your finished basement inspected. Although many homeowners skip this last step, it’s necessary to ensure the contractor did a safe, legal and thorough job.