Make Your Basement Your Favorite Room in the House

Years ago, many homes were constructed over cellars: dark, dank, unlivable places where coal was stored. Over the last 50 years, the cellars of old have become expanded living spaces we call basements.

Basements are a common type of foundation in areas with colder climates like ours. In fact, the majority of new single-family homes in our area are built with a basement. Too often, however, they still get a bad rap as storage spaces for seasonal “stuff” and a place you’d never allow your guests to see.

One of the things that I’m seeing more and more, however, is that homeowners are starting to see that basements offer a wealth of extra living space. I’m glad to see it, because the basement isn’t just just a place to do laundry or change the furnace filter anymore. It’s valuable real estate, and with the right designer and professional contractor, it can become one of your favorite places.

Read Jeremy’s column in The Billings Gazette.