Top Ideas for Finishing Your Basement

Most everyone is familiar with the terms of finished or unfinished basement.  Traditional new construction typically includes a full basement, but unfinished which would include cold hard concrete floors and unfinished walls.  This is still a great space for your major utilities like your furnace, water heater, and sump pump, but there is so much potential for additional living space. If your family is growing, you need more organized storage, or you’re running out of room in your regular living area, it’s time to capitalize on this readily available space. Here are some great ideas if you are considering finishing your lower level.

If you have a basement, you have a blank slate to add additional living space and value to your home. Give the kids a space to play and be kids, let your teenagers have a hang out space, give aging parents a place to move in with you, create a new storage space, or just a create a fun space like a movie theater. Your imagination is the limit when it comes to top ideas for finishing your basement.

Create Additional Living and Recreation Space

Lansing Finished Basement by K Fedewa Builders

One of the main, and obvious, benefits of finishing your basement is to gain additional living space. Perhaps your main living room is perfect but might be more comfortable for the adults than the kids. If you need a different seating area for your teenagers to hang out and watch a movie, your basement is a perfect place for it. We also have clients who install an incredible home theater setup, complete with some plush comfortable seats. This allows you to enjoy a movie on a hot summer day or catch a big game while the snow falls outside.


Kitchen Photo by Studio M in MN
Photo by Studio M in MN -

Entertaining the kids is one thing, but the adults need a place to relax and enjoy good company as well.  Have your friends over to your custom bar and wine cellar to wind down at the end of the week. If you have a walk-out basement, this can be a perfect addition for an indoor / outdoor entertainment zone for the summer. Grab some arcade games, a pool table, or other games and make it a place for fun.

Make a Children’s Play Zone

If you have children, you’ve probably experienced the pain of stepping on a Lego.  Ouch! It’s this moment you realize that it’s time the kids had a play place of their own. No more Play-Doh embedded in your living room carpet, no more Hot Wheels causing you to slip in the hallway, and Barbie gets to leave her dreamhouse out all the time while your house stays nice and clean. As a bonus, the upstairs is suddenly much quieter again. Install plenty of storage for toys too, just in case your kids do get the urge to clean up after themselves. Your guests won’t see the mess and your kids get to be kids whenever they want.

In-law Suite

At the other end of the spectrum, we have our elderly loved ones who would also benefit from their own space. As the baby boomers are aging, one of the biggest trends we’ve seen in the industry is the in-law suite which is often located in the lower level.  The space is usually large enough for a small apartment style living area.  With good planning and good design, our team can layout an independent living area where they have their own kitchen, living and sleeping space, all within arm’s reach of family and care takers.

Add an Additional Bathroom

Basements can be great places to add an additional bathroom. These extra bathrooms come in super handy when you’re adding bedrooms or additional living as mentioned above. If your home only has one shared bathroom, your basement also allows you to add a bathroom in an existing space. Talk with our team about aging-in-place design if you are planning this space for an elderly member of your family.  This K. Fedewa Builders bathroom project features a curbless tile shower with a bench, linear drain, Shower head with handheld sprayer, and ADA rated grab bars to keep your loved ones safe.

Finishing your basement offers you an incredible opportunity for additional living space and entertainment options. At the same time, the investment you make into finishing your basement often offers a great return. While numbers fluctuate based on where you live and what association you ask, you can often expect a return of 70% to 75% of your investment in finishing your basement. Realtors know that a house with a finished basement sells quicker, and for more money, than a house with an unfinished basement. This additional living space below the main living areas give homebuyers what they’re looking for a new home. So, when you’re ready to use that scary old basement, call us at 517-388-6123 or visit our website at

*Note: This article is for informational purposes only. The information provided in this article is for general guidance and should not replace professional advice. Always consult with experts, such as those at K. Fedewa Builders, before making any home modifications.*