When deciding what rooms to remodel in your home, families who love to entertain should look to those rooms where most of their entertaining will take place.
Whether the entertaining is family oriented for those of all ages or more mature entertainment, there are a lot of options that can maximize the entertainment potential either in a smaller area such as a family room or a larger area such as a full basement.
Decide What Area to Remodel and Budget
Decide which area to remodel – a family room area or larger basement. Draw a diagram of the area with immovable objects such as windows and doors to determine the flow and how new furniture and additions will work within the space. When determining your budget, be realistic and overestimate the budget for this project to account for unforeseen expenses.
Type of Entertainment
Write a list of how the area can meet your family and entertainments needs based on the type of activities your family enjoys. Determine how many guests you wish to entertain at a time and whether you plan on adding to your family in the future. There are many options including a sports activity room or home theater, just be sure to include all the entertainment accessories into your budget.
Sports Oriented Family
“A family that plays together, stays together.” This is a great adage especially when deciding how to remodel your basement to change it into an exciting space for family sports activities and entertaining. A sports bar theme, with a fully equipped kitchen and snack bar, spacious gathering space with a cozy fireplace, multiple televisions to catch all the sports action from any vantage point and a dedicated games area with activities such as pool, arcade games, a dart board and shuffleboard can become an entertainment zone for all ages.
Home Theater Excitement
A home theater can be a great addition for entertaining either in a basement area or family room on the main level. With a remodel, you can take advantage of custom cabinets to house a high quality surround sound home theater system and installing a retractable TV screen can help to optimize the space. The space can be used for not only movies but also for great music listening or video game challenges.
If space allows, a wet or dry bar – or even a raised glass snack bar – can help to keep your guests contained in the theater area with an old fashioned popcorn machine, soda dispensers and other counter space for goodies.