How to Remodel Your Basement on a Budget


The basement is the one living space that tends to be overlooked. But with a few simple basement renovations, you can turn this dark and cold space into a warm and comfortable place to spend time with friends and family.

Not only will you improve the look of your basement, but you will also add significant overall value to your home.

But how do you know which small basement renovations will give you the look you want? Let’s review some great small basement ideas on a budget that will help you create a space that is functional and stylish.

Paint the ceiling and walls

One of the easiest ways to improve the look of your basement on a budget is by painting the ceilings and walls. With a few coats of paint, you can create a whole new look on a budget.

Most basements have plaster walls that can easily be primed and painted. Paint technology means primer is often included in the paint so you can get to work right away.

Choose light colors that will brighten the space and give a fresh, modern look. It’s also important to choose paints that repel water and prevent mold.

Choose an antibacterial/antimicrobial paint that will give you the best protection and repel any moisture.

Make room for storage

Is your basement typically the place where things are forgotten? Consider adding storage to improve organization and create a more functional space. A basement reno is a perfect opportunity to finally add the shelving units you’ve always wanted for toys and books.

Add cabinets for your favorite pictures or to store craft supplies. Don’t forget to add storage to spaces like your basement laundry room. This is the perfect way to help keep your laundry area clean and free from clutter.

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Install new lighting fixtures

One of our favorite unfinished basement ideas is installing new lighting fixtures.

Many basements have a simple rough-in with a single bulb to light a room. Adding recessed lighting allows you to increase light in dark spaces.

Recessed lighting can be installed in as little as a few hours, giving you an affordable and fast basement transformation.

Add wall sconces and table lamps for added light in your favorite reading corner.

Don’t forget to add lighting to your cabinets. With just a few simple adjustments, you can add elegant museum-quality lighting to your new cabinets to help showcase your prized possessions.

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Paint or stain the floor

Basements are often cool and damp which makes carpet a less than ideal basement reno choice. Instead, opt to paint or stain your floor to add some warmth to the space.

Choose a contrasting palette from your walls. If you have white finishes, for instance, then choose a dark stain for a luxurious natural-looking wooden flooring.

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Add easy to install flooring

If you want to take your modern basement renovations up a notch then add some easy-to-install flooring. Many modern flooring options have interlocking and can be easily placed directly onto the basement floor or the top of underpadding.

There are several budget-friendly options for homeowners who want to add elegantly, yet affordable design touches to their basement renovation.

  • Carpet tiles – Easy to install and can be quickly swapped with a new square if damaged or stained
  • Hardwood – Gives an added look of luxury and refinement
  • Laminate – Clicks together for easy installation
  • Tile – Perfect for damp spaces. Repels water and is easy to keep clean.

Your home renovation expert can help you find the right flooring for your basement to give you a more modern and stylish look.

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Don’t be afraid to decorate

A basement renovation doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. Head to your local thrift store to pick up new or gently used accent pieces that can enhance the look of your basement.

Don’t forget that there are a lot of great building materials available at second-hand stores that are brand new or in overstock. You can be confident knowing that you are getting high-quality products at a price that fits your budget.


Clean out musty air

Before you begin your basement renovation project, it’s best to spend some time clearing the air. Unused basements can develop a musty smell over time thanks to moisture and dust.

Run a dehumidifier to help pull some of the moisture out of the air. This will also help you to identify if you need to insulate your basement to improve air circulation and moisture levels.

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Use professionals to meet building code

If you are doing a basement renovation, it’s important to make sure you have all the necessary permits and are building according to local code guidelines.

Working with professional home renovation experts can ensure you are meeting all the requirements.

For example, if you are adding a basement apartment, then you are required to have a window that’s large enough for someone to escape from a fire.

Not meeting these building guidelines could result in hefty fines or a stop-work order.

A home basement renovation expert can make sure you have all the right materials and have made all the right design choices to ensure your basement is up to building code.

Contact Us

Basement makeovers on a budget are easy if you have the right team behind you. Having the pros at Harmony Basements on hand can improve the look of your basement renovation, thanks to their years of expertise and superior craftsmanship and skill. They can help you choose budget basement renovation ideas like changing paint colors or adding new flooring and transform them into a stunning new look for your basement. Contact us today for a free estimate on your next basement project.