Your home is comfortable and meets most of your needs. What if you could make a good thing even better? Assuming that you have a basement, it makes sense to convert it into functional living space. For example, did you know that basements can become excellent bedroom suites? Here are a few reasons why you may want to consider this type of home improvement project. 

Provide Yourself With a Place for Some Privacy

Of course you love the kids, but everyone needs a little time to themselves. After working during the day and seeing to your family in the early mornings and the evenings, it would be nice to have a space where you can spend some time letting go of whatever took place. The basement can serve this purpose.

Consider moving yourself into a finished bedroom suite in the basement. The old master bedroom could become a common play area for the kids or even a second gathering place for the entire family. Let the kids know that when you retire to the basement, only emergencies are grounds for interrupting you alone time. 

There’s Always Room for Relatives to Visitors

Since you love your bedroom, the basement needs to serve another purpose. One can be setting up guest quarters. Think of what it would mean when relatives come to visit you and the kids. There’s no need to figure out who will sleep where and what has to be adjusted in order to make space. With a finished basement, the space is ready for loved ones to arrive at any time. 

This solution means that other than some quick cleaning, you won’t have to stress about making the visitors comfortable. The kids will be happy since they get to enjoy their relatives while still having access to privacy in their bedrooms. Think of this as a way for everyone to spend time together and still be comfortable. 

Your Eldest Child Will Eventually Want a Private Space Too

Every child eventually enters the teen years. At that point, sharing a bedroom with a sibling becomes more of an issue. Think back to your own teenage years and you’ll remember how important it was to have your own private space. Don’t you think that your kids deserve the same?

With second suites from, you’re essentially renovating the home so that two of your kids end up with their own bedrooms. The eldest gets the larger space offered for the basement and can feel free to invite friends over while still observing your house rules. The second-eldest child also gets a private room upstairs, something that could make those coming teenage years a little easier to navigate. 

You’re Protecting the Market Value of Your Property

Many of the benefits of basement finishing and conversion provide immediate benefits. There are also some long-term ones to think about. For example, what if accepting a highly desirable job offer meant moving across the country? You’d want to sell the house and get a price that would make it easier to buy something in your new city. 

Finished basements are great when you’re hoping for a quick sale. Think of it as one more incentive for buyers to consider your property. If a buyer has narrowed the choice down to a home that’s almost like yours but does not have a finished basement, that second suite could be all it would take to tip the scales in your favor. 

Talk with a contractor and find out what it would take to finish your basement. Come up with the layout and get an idea of the cost and the amount of time needed to complete the suite. You could have your new suite in a matter of weeks. 

Vicky Charles

Vicky is a single mother, writer and card reader.


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