Basements aren’t always the most inviting of places. They can be cold, damp, and dark. Many people fill them with old, dusty boxes and forgotten toys. Pests sometimes lurk there, from spiders and silverfish to mites and mice. And as a child, they can seem dark and spooky, a likely hiding place of ghouls and ghosts. So why build a basement? What are the benefits? Whether you use your basement for storage, an extra bedroom, or a space for entertaining, most people find that they’re worth the extra cost. So if you’re building a new home and you’re debating the merits of basements, scroll down to better understand the subterranean appeal.
Why Build a Basement?
A basement is a good place to store heavy or bulky home appliances.
No, I’m not talking about refrigerators and laundry machines. I’m talking about pressure tanks, water heaters, furnaces, boilers, fuel-oil tanks, etc. These big and bulky devices aren’t exactly beautiful, and the basement is a great place to store them out of sight.
A basement offers a lot of extra storage.
Who doesn’t need more storage? As long as your basement is well constructed to keep out the damp, it should be a great place to store all of your excess belongings, from seasonal decor to old exercise equipment to boxes of childhood memories. Just be sure that you store any financially or sentimentally valuable items high off the floor and away from the walls, in case water should ever infiltrate.
A basement can offer protection during a storm.
Here in the Midwest, tornados are a major concern. But no matter where you live, it’s comforting to have a basement that offers extra protection during emergencies. You might also consider adding a storm shelter in your basement.
A basement can provide an extra bedroom or additional living space.
Assuming you can create a window in the basement, you can create another bedroom as well. Or maybe you’d like an entertainment room? An extremely private home office? A playroom for your children? A den with a fold-out couch for guests? The beauty of a basement is that it can be whatever you want it to be.
A basement add square footage and value to your home.
When you build a basement, you’re really utilizing the size of your site. Without adding horizontal bulk or extra height, you can increase your home’s square footage. Additionally, many homebuyers refuse to look at homes that don’t have basements. So even if you don’t need the extra storage or another room, you can still see a basement as a worthy investment in your home.
Yes, some basements are dingy, damp, and musty, but if you work with experienced builders and construct a high-quality basement (one that’s well-sealed against moisture), you shouldn’t have any problems. So what do you think? Will you be building a basement?
If you’re planning to construct a new home and you live in southwest Missouri, give the Bailey Company a call. We’re a premium construction company based in Springfield, Missouri, and we’d be happy to tackle any home project you throw at us, including the construction of a new home. You can reach us at 417-887-6177 or click here to request a free quote.
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