If you are ready to remodel your basement there are a lot of different ways to use the space so make sure you know what you want before you begin.
If you're lucky enough to have a basement you should consider the benefit of remodeling this area into an additional living area for your home. Basement remodeling can increase your home's useable square footage of living space and make that dead wasted space into something useable.
In my own experience there were so many times I went down the basement to get something I stored there and kept thinking one of these days I have to remodel this basement. Then when the kids got a little older and could go up and down the stairs by themselves without us worrying we did it and it was the best investment we ever made.
If you have young children, for example, you can remodel the space into a playroom area that doesn't require the constant upkeep and pick up that a play area requires when it is in the main area of the home. Your children can build forts and explore their imagination and not be hampered by the need to keep their play and imagination small and confined.
As your children grow the space can grow with them into a recreation area that is still under your watchful eye but not under your foot as they have friends over. It's a good place to study, watch television or just hang out with their friends and relax and have some sense of being on their own with safeguards. You can also use the under-utilized space of a basement to add bedroom space as your family grows and your kids become either too old or too difficult to share a space anymore.
If you have enough upstairs space to already met these needs, you may want to consider using the downstairs space for more useful functions such as a home office space to let you have peace and privacy while you work from home without the constant interruptions and distractions that can happen if you're easily available and in sight.
And while basement remodeling may be an outwardly expensive endeavor to undertake it is not money wasted. Adding space to your home with a useable basement will increase the value of your home and it will give you an edge in a competitive housing market when and if you ever decide to move on and downsize your home.
Start by deciding what you want to use the space for. With so many viable options and needs, it can be hard to decide what would make the best use of this space but you have to make this decision. The biggest mistake homeowners make when they do a basement remodeling project is to be ambiguous with the space.
If you don't know what the space is for no one else will either. It might be worth the time and money to consult with a home decorator to talk about what you want to do with the space and what you want it to look like. Or you can also talk with a home remodeling contractor about ideas to turn the blank space into a work of art by creating the room you didn't even know you wanted until you saw it.
The point is there are lots of ways you can improve on the unimproved dark space that you currently call your basement and the only limitations you have are imagination and a budget to make your basement remodeling project workable for you.