A raised ranch, or sometimes referred to as a split level home is a great way to maximize the amount of usable space on a property, especially if there isn’t much room on the lot overall. In the New Jersey area, especially closer to Long Island, space is a bit limited overall, so it pays to make the most of what you have.
Often though, the lower portion of the raised ranch house isn’t the main focus, and it can be neglected when it comes to creating a great living space for you and your family. It’s a shame, really, because the basement area of this type of home gives you and your family a wealth of possibilities when it comes to transforming a house into your home. Here are a few of our favorite raised ranch basement remodel ideas.
For most homeowners who make the most of their raised ranch, the lower level is often turned into a comfortable and casual family room. A place where everyone can watch the New York Jets, catch a Flyers game, or simply relax and play a few video games. Or is it a good idea to consider finishing at least a portion of the area into a bathroom shower?A basement that is transformed into a family room can be so much more than that, though. It can be customized to fit your family’s needs and hobbies.
Do you have a budding artist in your mist? Why not paint a portion of a basement wall with special white board or chalkboard paint. This special paint can be easily found at most hardware stores, and goes on just like normal paint. When it dries, however, it can give you and your kids a great place to draw, create and just have fun without worrying about messing up the rest of the room.
Perhaps you and your family are avid hikers or enjoy the outdoors. Why not bring a little bit of that outdoor feel inside? A few strategic lighting effects, some plants and some creative painting can transform your basement area into a forest oasis.
Another idea to make your family room a bit more family friendly is through the use of fabric slip covers or throw rugs. These things are easy to clean, can be changed out on a moment’s notice, and can be used to really tie a room together.
If you already have the family space covered in another portion of the house, another great option for the basement area of your raised ranch home is to transform it into an area where your passion or hobby can shine. Are you an avid golf player? Then why not put a little putting green in the one corner to practice the fine art of sinking the ball? Do you enjoy watching a great movie? A built-in entertainment center complete with surround sound stereo is a great way to get that theater feel at home. Or perhaps transforming the basement area into a workout room or weight room is the way to go. After all, creating your own personal gym certainly beats fighting others for time on a machine or paying expensive dues to your local gym. No matter what your hobby is, chances are there is a way to transform your dark and dreary basement into something that can quickly become a true asset to your passion.
It’s simple enough to build in some shelves, or perhaps use some strategic lighting to give you exactly what you need to share and enjoy what you love the most. Just use your imagination, and the sky, or the basement ceiling, is the limit.
One of the best and really unique aspects of the raised ranch basement is that it often has a separate entrance from the main house. This makes it an ideal starting point for an apartment or mother-in-law suite. Whether you’ve decided to take in a tenant to bring in more money or a family member, creating a space that can be self-sufficient in the basement area is not difficult to do at all.
The first thing to do is determine what your new apartment will be like. Will it have an open feel with the basement bedroom blending easily into the living room area? Or will it be more like a traditional apartment with sturdy walls and doors? How will it be decorated? Will the flooring have carpet or vinyl flooring? How about your painting your ceiling? The possibilities are truly endless.
If you decide to transform your lower basement area into an apartment and rent it out, it’s important to make sure that you follow all the necessary codes and regulations within the city or town you live in. After all, this might become someone’s home for a while.
Do you enjoy cooking, or does one of your family members like to make some mouthwatering food? Then why not transform the basement area of your raised ranch into a great kitchen? True, depending on your natural gas or electricity supply and where they come into the house, the placement of the appliances might not be completely to your liking, but a little inventiveness can go a long way.
Just like creating an independent apartment in this area, creating a new kitchen requires time, a bit of money, and ingenuity overall. And this is one area, especially if you’re installing a gas stove or a refrigerator where getting a professional involved would be a great idea. Only if it’s to just check out your work to make sure everything is well done.
As you can see, there are quite a few options when it comes to making the basement area of your raised ranch a bit more inviting to you and your guests. And you can certainly try any of these ideas or come up with a unique transformation of your own. No matter which idea you go with, it pays to take your time and do it right the first go round. After all, this is a part of your home, so making the most of it is a great idea.