When you are considering a basement finishing, there are many options available to you. The good news is your unfinished basement is like a blank canvas. You can make it into absolutely anything you want. If you dream of turning your basement into an art studio, now is the time. You do not need an expensive loft; you can create your own space for productive creativity in your own basement. Before you call the remodeling contractor, there are a few things you want to consider to ensure your space is what you need.
Does It Need to Be the Basement?
It goes without saying that remodeling your basement is a significant undertaking with a hefty price tag. Before you take on this expensive home addition, be sure that turning your basement into an art studio is what you really want to do. Is there another room in your house that you could repurpose for a studio? Perhaps there is a space, but it needs some minor upgrades to work as your art studio. Take a good look around your house just to make sure this is the path you want to take. Once you have done that, and you have committed yourself to the idea that your basement is where you want your art studio, it is time to consider how to make it happen.
You can turn your unfinished basement into an art space easily with some drop cloths, rugs, and shelving. When you have a limited or no budget, that may be what you do. Or it could be the first step to turning your basement into an art studio. Before you call a remodeling contractor, take a look at your basement and understand the space you want. Are you able to use the entire basement, or do you have to share it with someone else? You need to consider what type of equipment you use and how much space it requires. If you have easels and oversized canvases, you need a significant amount of space. Keep in mind; you need space to work, store your equipment and space for finished work. Once you have done that, you need to make sure you have an adequate amount of privacy. Just because you are in the basement does not mean people will not come into your studio. Do you need to create a room with a door or some type of privacy screen to keep your work away from other’s eyes until you are ready to show it?
You may need to consider removing or adding walls to create the appropriate amount of privacy. You may even want a room within a room so that you can choose when to be in your private space. Basement remodelers can help walk you through the best options for your basement and your needs.
You have to be careful with the placement of natural light. Natural light is great to have, but when you are considering turning your basement into an art studio, you must be careful with placement. When you are considering either a window and door installation, you want to understand the way the natural light changes during the day. The direction the light moves may change the way it impacts your ability to do the work you want to do throughout the day. It may give your work a sense of color that is not entirely accurate. Your work may look different in a gallery, someone’s home, or another studio. You do not want that to happen. As a result, you want to be careful with your window placement.
If you have decided to go all-in on windows, you could go big by adding large windows. You may want all the natural light that you can get, and you are comfortable dealing with the natural changes in the light. In this case, adding windows should suit your needs. Another item to consider is adding a skylight in the roof to allow light to come in from overhead. While this is a more significant home addition consideration, you could consider creating a staircase to enable you to walk out of your basement. It would be best if you did some excavation work to create a walkout from your basement, which also allows you to have space right outside the door that will enable you to sit and enjoy the sunlight or take your art outside when the weather cooperates.
Regardless if you add natural light to your turning your basement into an art studio, you want to consider adding artificial light. One of the great things about adding artificial light is you can turn it off when you do not want or need the light. When considering the artificial light, you want to make sure it consistent, and you have a constant flow of bright light in your room. You want to make sure that you have switches that allow you to control the lights individually. Multiple switches allow you to have the lights on that you need when you need them. You could consider installing a light panel mounted to the ceiling.
If you plan to work with color in your art studio, you might want to consider fluorescent lighting. One point of consideration with fluorescent lighting is that the bulbs do not last that long and dim over time. They also may make a noise that you find distracting when you want to concentrate. The best option for lighting may be LED lights. They are energy efficient, and once they heat up, they create an evenly constant light for a long time.
An essential point for consideration when turning your basement into an art studio is the ventilation you have. You want to consult with HVAC contractors to ensure you have proper heating and cooling. You want to talk to them about humidity concerns, also. When you are planning to dry and store your artwork and supplies, humidity is going to play a factor. The work that you create can easily be damaged by moisture in the air. You may need to consider installing a dehumidifier. Depending on the HVAC system you have in your house, it may not heat or cool your basement. If it does not, you should consider adding it to your art studio. If you skip or overlook this step, that is something that you will regret.
When thinking about turning your basement into an art studio, you should seriously consider adding a bathroom. It will make things incredibly convenient for you while you are working in your studio. It allows you to stay in your space longer if you have direct access to a bathroom. If you can afford it, you should install a full bath with at least a shower. If you ever decide to change your art studio into a different room, the full bath is helpful. It can also increase your resale value and potentially help sell your house. If you do not have the budget for a full or half bath, you should add a sink. No matter what media you work with, it is bound to get messy. You need a space close by for cleaning up. You will be able to keep your hands and equipment clean without having to run everything upstairs. You will appreciate having a sink close by!
If you are considering turning your basement into an art studio, most likely, the floor in your basement is concrete. If you plan to stand while you are working, this is going to be hard on your feet and back. You should consider home flooring for your art studio. Adding carpet or a wood floor may help it feel homier, which you may not want. Carpet may not be the best option if you think you are going to spill or be messy. You may want a floor that will be able to handle wet and messy things falling on it. You want something you can easily wipe up. You can also consider adding area rugs and padding to soften the places where you will stand the most. If you are not interested in a rug, you could consider getting a thick mat to relieve some of the pressure from standing.
Shelving and Storage
While all of the items in this article are important when turning your basement into an art studio, storage and shelving are critical to maximizing the space you have. There are many remodeling services available that can help you create shelving and storage built into the walls. Having shelves provides you a clean area in which to work. It keeps items off the floor and in safe places. There is a possibility that your basement became a storage space prior to you taking it over as your studio. You may have items that you need and want to get out of your way. You can have storage built-in for those items, too. You could have a separate space created for all the other basement items. You may even make a room for it, so you do not have to look at it every time you go into your studio.
Depending on your budget, having a contractor build shelves for you may not be an option. You can find shelving units or even filing cabinets that allow you to move items on shelves and out of your way. You can get really creative with your storage options. You can think of it as the first thing you create in your art studio.
When thinking about turning your basement into an art studio, the fun part comes in when you begin to add your own personal touches. It is your space, and you should make the most of it. Even if this is your first home remodeling project, you can have a lot of fun with it. The first blank canvas you have is the walls. You can hire an interior paint contractor, or you can do it yourself. You can go just about anywhere with the walls. You can leave them white to keep all of your energy on your projects and not allow the color of the walls to dictate your mood in any way. You can be really creative and design a mural for your walls that genuinely embodies your personality and the art you create. You should be aware that the color of the walls can stimulate your energy. If you go too warm or too cool, that could inspire a specific type of work. You may consider staying neutral with a color that feels inspiring to you.
Think about how you want to do your work. Do you want a desk or a table where you can stand? Perhaps you want a space that allows you to sit or stand and even sit on the floor to create. You want to set up a studio that is going to work for you and allow you to create any way you want.
From here, you get to really be creative and add touches of your personality. While this is a space intended for you to work, you want it to feel like it belongs to you. You want to find just the right balance of an environment of serious creativity and your own personal space. Understanding what helps you be creative and concentrate is essential. You may need music playing while you work, and you want to install surround speakers. You may want a refrigerator because you get tend to forget to eat, and having options close to you may be helpful.
Now, you have done it. You have turned your basement into an art studio. You get to consider the chair, photos, and decorations you want, if any, in your space. You do not have to do completely decorate it all right away. Instead, you can add items to your room as you get comfortable in it and really make it your own.