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Should You Convert Your Basement Into a Personal Library?

By August 16, 2021January 19th, 2024No Comments3 min read
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Having a library at home can help you decompress and relax. It also adds value to your home. If you are a book enthusiast who is prepared to invest time in reading, then it’s a great idea to convert your basement into a personal library. However, there are a few things to consider when thinking about transforming your basement.

What Are the Benefits of Converting Your Basement Into a Personal Library?

Converting your basement into a library can provide the following benefits:

  • Improves your home’s value. Generally, renovating any part of your home can offer a great return. For instance, according to a report by Remodeling Magazine, a midrange bathroom addition requires almost $50,000 compared to an upscale one which is about $67,000. However, the more you invest, the better your return, with 56.6% being the average. For those looking to flip their properties, it’s best to stick with midrange materials – this average cost for this type of remodel is about $21,000. The good news is it nets a higher return of 64%. You can also apply this information to your basement renovation to get a better idea of which investment is more suitable for you.
  • Creates a safe haven. Having a personal library means you have somewhere quiet where you can retreat and relax as you get lost in a book.
  • Maximizes your basement’s function. If your basement is currently unfinished or dated, what better way is there to boost its function than by converting it into a library?

Converting Your Basement into a Personal Library

Now that you know the benefits of having a personal library, here’s additional information, so you know how the process works:

Choose High-Quality Shelves

When doing a home remodeling project, such as converting your basement into a library, your home remodeling contractor will install the shelving. In a basement library, floor-to-ceiling shelving is ideal, as this helps the room look bigger. To create an open feel, you can leave one side of the wall without shelves.

Choose a Library Table

If you have enough room in your basement, you can also add a large library table. This piece of furniture comes in a variety of styles to suit your preferences while also serving a practical purpose. A table can transform your basement library into a solitary workspace with no distractions if you like taking notes while reading or work on something creative. You can improve the look of your table by adding a stylish desk lamp. This will also provide you with an additional source of light.

Hire a Reputable Remodeling Contractor

Of course, before you even start thinking about what you’ll need in your library and what you’ll need to buy, the first step is to contact an experienced and reputable home remodeling contractor. That’s because you’ll need a professional that knows how to construct your personal library properly.

The contractor will take care of things like waterproofing the basement, from the walls to the ceiling. Whether it’s for your priceless books or your shelves, you’ll need a completely waterproof library. If you’re interested in taking on this home remodeling project, contact us at Tabor Design Build today.

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