Wood is a natural energy saver, good for the environment, and long lasting — thus making it the optimal choice for interior design. For those who are looking to remodel the basement anytime soon, wooden features go a long way in creating a warm and inviting atmosphere. Whether it’s the flooring itself or bringing warmth to the coldest room via a unique feature, here are just three key ways that wood can play a major role in your basement remodel.
Wooden Flooring — It’s Not Impossible
Installing wood flooring in a basement might sound counterintuitive — particularly when considering the fact that basements are susceptible to moisture and leaks due to being a below ground-level space, it isn’t impossible. One HGTV article explains that while installing hardwood flooring directly onto a concrete floor is a possibility, it isn’t the best choice.
Instead, the post recommends opting for a more durable option, such as installing subfloor first or using engineered wood flooring.
“Engineered wood flooring has the timeless look of hardwood floors, with the added durability of a plywood sub-layer,” states the article. It’s further explained that this plywood will create a more structurally sound flooring while preventing moisture from damaging the floor.
Bringing Warmth to the Coldest Room
Basements are often associated with cold, damp spaces. However, there are plenty of ways in which integrating wood can bring warmth into the space — especially when it comes to the bathroom. However, before adding in various wooden features, roughing in the plumbing may have to come first. For those who need to have the drains and water supply installed, it’s important to note that these are placed in rough holes with studs. Pipe connections and frames are additional necessities.
Once the rough in components are installed, the fixtures can then be installed, however, it’s important to keep in mind that you’ll need to schedule an inspector’s visit once the rough in plumbing is finished. While the average cost to rough in basement bathroom is about $7,000, costs can range anywhere from $1,000 to $22,000. The cost largely depends on the type of fixtures you plan to install — in addition to a sink, faucet, toilet, and shower, adding in a bathtub or even a bidet are additional features to consider. Furthermore, costs also vary depending on the size, features, and materials you plan on using.
Regarding the wooden features worth incorporating, The Spruce lists several to keep in mind. Wooden countertops, for example, are just one fantastic idea, particularly when using reclaimed wood.
“The dynamic interplay of a richly textured, reclaimed wood countertop with smooth ceramic and gleaming metal fixtures makes an amazing centerpiece to any bathroom,” explains The Spruce. A wooden sink or even a tub is another consideration that can make for a unique basement bathroom feature.
While it may sound illogical, The Spruce notes that cedar, hinoki, and other aromatic hardwoods have actually been used for centuries in Japan in order to make soaking tubs. “Plus, sailors and shipbuilders around the world have long relied on teak for its natural water resistance.” To bring even more life into the room, introducing greenery can make for a nice touch — whether it’s a climbing faux ivy or fragrant, live eucalyptus leaves for the shower.
Implementing a Feature Piece
From statues to furniture and more, there are plenty of ways to incorporate wood into your basement via a statement piece.
Creating a unique piece of wood art for the wall is just one great idea for elevating the design of the space while seizing the opportunity for an eye-catching feature piece. A post from This Old House by Jenn Largesse details how to do this by using wood slats, meaning that no two pieces are alike.
“The pattern, wood grain, and finish make each assembly completely unique.”
From cutting the pieces with a miter saw and laying them out in a chevron-like pattern to marking and cutting the design, the alternating pattern of dark and light pieces pictured make for a stunning outcome. From there, simply apply the finish, attach the planks onto the plywood, and trim the edges with a circular saw before attaching the frame and hammer, thus making for a simple yet stunning geometric wood project.
Eye-catching wooden features can also be found via a large wooden desk (if you plan to carve out space for a home office), a wooden bookcase (whether it’s homemade or a deep, elegant finish), or through a wooden coffee table.
Wooden features may not be the first to come to mind for a basement remodel, though there are several options that can contribute to a beautiful and unique space. From wooden flooring to incorporating wood into the bathroom, there is no shortage of wooden solutions out there.
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