Remodeling your basement to a games room
As any realtor will tell you, one of the first questions prospective buyers ask about an existing home property is, "does it have a basement?" For most homeowners, there is nothing more appealing than the idea of having a customized basement gaming room.
It's important to be aware, however, that renovating a basement and converting it into a gaming area involves more than just sticking a jukebox and a pool table in the middle of the room and hanging a couple of neon signs on the wall.
Soundproofing a basement can be accomplished as easily as adding caulk to your door and window frames; this creates a seal that can muffle sound waves. Installing carpeting and wall paneling also keeps sound from bouncing off concrete floors and walls.
For more thorough soundproofing, builders often use a few layers of sheetrock to soundproof a basement area, layering it with neoprene rubber sheets. Another option is to install insulation; this can consist of blocks or layers of insulating foam material.
Another alternative, especially if you have a fondness for vintage style décor, is to purchase an old-fashioned wood burning stove. Adding radiant heating through the floor is also a good way to warm up a basement space.
Adding several ducts and vents in pivotal places will help bring cool air into your basement. If your basement ceiling is high enough, ceiling fans are also a stylish addition and will do a good job of getting the air circulating.
After you've made these practical installations, now comes the fun part. It's time to buy that jukebox and pool table and all the other fun things you've been planning to have in your new games room. The pool table is, for many homeowners, the most important feature; this accounts for the popularity of American pool tables. The rest is up to you. Just know that you'll enjoy your basement games room a lot more once it measures up, comfort-wise, to the rest of your home.
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