Basements don't have to be dark and unsightly. They can be transformed into beautiful living spaces used for entertainment, family/play rooms, and additional guest bedrooms.

If you're thinking about adding an addition to your home but don't have the outdoor space to expand out, consider finishing or remodeling your basement to make use of that unused space. Finishing or remodeling a basement will enhance the square footage of your home and can provide a serious return on investment in home appraisals. According to Realtor Magazine's 2015 Cost vs. Value Report, a basement remodel can have a 72.8% return on investment. (Source:

Before getting started with a basement remodel, homeowners will need to make sure they have the proper clearance, utility setup, and waterproofing before any new construction can begin. 

Clearance: Not all homes qualify for a finished basement. The common codes call for 7 to 7½ feet of clearance. If you home doesn't have the proper clearance, there is potential to dig out and lower the concrete floor, but this is often a complex and pricey job. 

Utilities: Utility areas should not be floored due to potential hazards of breaking and ruining your finishes. Ensure that you have the proper functionality utilities and piping infrastructure before you finish your basement because it will be harder to make these changes after your basement has been remodeled.

Waterproofing: You'll need to have your walls and floors tested for moisture. If moisture is present, your foundation will need to be properly sealed to ensure no moisture can build up and create issues down the line.

Flooring: The same finishes and materials can be used in your basement as the rest of your home. Basement wood flooring is fairly common these days and there are plenty of options to choose from. 

Lighting: Your basement can be renewed to a bright and well-lit living space. With the proper lighting choices, your basement doesn't have to dark or uninviting. 

Storage: The possibilities are endless with basement renovations these days. You can add additional closets and storage rooms to suite your needs so that your belongings aren't in cold, mildewy areas anymore.

Common Basement Remodels:

Play Room

Guest Suite

Wine Cellar

Home Theater

Living Room Area

Bar Top and Billiards area

Gym or Workout Studio Home Office

Bar Top and Billiards area

A. Valle Construction Basement Remodels in Northern New Jersey: