Renovating a basement can have a significant return on investment for homeowners, especially in the surrounding Chicago area. Taking square footage of your home and creating a space for your family to gather and enjoy time together, a space for the kids to play, or even a living space for guests or visiting family members. At Foster Green, our remodeling contractors are experienced and knowledgeable and can help you design and build a basement that you can enjoy for years.

When delving into a basement renovation, the first thing to decide is how you want to utilize the space. If you are planning on a kids’ room, installing a mini bar won’t be necessary, if you want a man cave, what materials you use will have a big impact on the style of the space, if you want a bright and inviting hang-out area, windows will be crucial. Discuss your ideas with your contractor and together you can design a space that is both functional and beautiful. When planning a basement remodel, here are some things to consider.

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Basements are commonly used as storage, so creating cabinets that are multi-functional is a great use of space. Cabinet design is one of Foster Green’s many specialties and we can custom design cabinets that can be used for books, TV sets, and have plenty of drawers for storage. The design of the cabinets themselves can add a focal point to a basement. Our quality cabinets can be custom made and give you a solution to your storage problems. Our remodeling contractors and cabinet makers will provide exceptional attention to detail with custom woodworking.


No matter what way you choose to utilize the space, a wet bar with a refrigerator will definitely get its use. If you are having a movie night with the family, you can stock up on drinks and snacks, or if you want a more grown up space, you can add a wine cooler. If you are planning on your family or guests spending a significant amount of time in your basement, save time by having everything you need within reach.


The light source for many basements is a problem that can be hard to resolve. Natural light is a great way to brighten up a space and gives the feeling of not being a basement at all. If your basement doesn’t currently have large windows, our contractors can install window wells and bring in the natural light. Recessed lighting is also a great way to add light to a basement and they don’t make the space feel smaller by dropping down like ceiling fans with lights.

Basement RenovationsMoisture

When considering a basement renovation, one thing to keep in mind is protecting the space from moisture. Many Chicago suburbs have flooding problems so be sure to discuss this with your contractor. Moisture problems can be managed by ensuring proper drainage from the roof, a solid foundation, and including ventilation. Our contractors may recommend installing a subfloor panel that will create a moisture barrier.

Separate the Space

If your home has a large basement, consider dividing up the space to increase its functionality. You can have a den type space as well as a living space or play room for the kids. Often with basements, there are beams or posts that are in the middle of the space, you can use these to your advantage by breaking up the space with a wall.

Basement renovations are a great way to make a space that the whole family can enjoy. With the proper design and use of cabinets, your basement can be used as storage and can be inviting as well. Add windows for brightness and a space for a mini bar and your basement will be on it’s way to being the favorite room of the house. See what our remodeling contractors can do for your home.