6 Uses for Your Unfinished Basement

| 7/20/2016 4:30:00 PM

Megan WildAlthough many homes in the U.S. are equipped with a basement, very few homeowners actually utilize that space in an effective manner. While some of us simply view the basement as a place to store old boxes of junk, others have no idea what to do with the unfinished, unused space beneath their house. However, there are a number of things you can do in order to spruce up that unfinished basement and make your life a little bit easier at the same time.

1. Laundry Room

If you're an active farmer or homesteader, chances are high that you also have a lot of laundry to wash and dry. Those who also have kids, or numerous families living under the same roof, will have even more laundry to deal with.

With that in mind, you might consider turning your unfinished basement into a full-scale laundry center. Most basements provide ample space for a washer and dryer, and some even feature a sink for presoaking and deep cleaning. You'll also have plenty of room for sorting whites from colors, organizing seasonal garments and setting up a drying rack.

Moreover, since all of your laundry needs can be taken care of in the basement and away from visitors' eyes, you won't have to worry about guests seeing your dirty laundry around the house.  

Home Workshop Basement

2. Home Workshop

Farmers and homesteaders often use a workshop, usually located within a garage, shed, barn or even a remote location, to craft homemade products, repair tools and store excess equipment or materials until they’re needed. However, renovating your unfinished basement into a new home workshop has many advantages for the average farmer or homesteader.

7/22/2016 7:48:19 AM

Megan, all your points are good ones. Never did I see a mention of making the basement into a family room. most houses in my area have full basements or at least half basements. The trend is to make them into a family room with carpet on the floor. Bad Idea in my humble opinion. Invariably water damage happens. I personally don't believe that basements should be designed to be a comfy living area of the house. That's why I really like your ways to use the basement area. Mine is just used for storage of holiday decorations and such. Have a great useful basement area day.

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