The basement is a great place to go when you want to get alone. In many situations, it is dank, dark and scary for most people to venture into. Depending on the type of basement you have and the part of the world you are in, converting the basement into a usable room can present different challenges.
The first thing that you want to look at is the basement floor. What basement flooring do you currently have and what are you looking to add? In most cases you will either have a dirt floor or a cement floor. If you have a dirt floor, you will need to add more of a foundation which can present its own challenges in itself or if you have a cement floor you can move forward with different options.
The next thing you want to look at is water. Does your basement flood or is it an environment that is prone to dampness? If you have water issues, these need to be addressed and make right before anything is done. The last thing you want to do is start a project and be forced out because of water.
Who will use the room?
Next, consider who will use the room. Are you creating it as an apartment for your kids or are you making it into a family style room? Once you have this you can start drawing out the layout of the room and putting a budget together.
Is it worth the investment?
Finally, you want to determine if it is worth the investment. If you are going to use the room yourself or if you are going to create something that will increase the resell value of the home will determine what you do and how you do it. Really plan out your ideas and make sure that they all fit into your numbers.