DIY Shed Plans
When undertaking a basement renovation it is best to look at several basement design plans. Many hardware stores have a hand full of different design drawings. A larger number of basement design plans are available in the internet. Some home design magazines also offer design drawings. Do it yourself books that can be found in book stores and libraries often include design plans.
Decide what you want to do with your basement space. Take some measurements of the space to determine approximate room sizes. Visit your local hardware store with your measurements and speak to a knowledgeable sales clerk. Most large chain hardware stores have professionals on staff for your benefit. Explain your needs and desires and ask if they have any basement design plans that will fit these needs. If they do not have any plans that fit your needs they will quite often carry books and magazines that have additional design plans that may fit your needs. If they do not have what you are looking for, visit your local book store and check out their magazines and books.
Search the internet for basement design plans. There are several websites that compile popular design ideas and their plans. Many contractors have pictures of completed projects on their websites and will discuss the plans with you if you request it. This is ideal if you plan on hiring a contractor to complete your project. Not only will they be able to show you a relevant and comprehensive plan but they will also be able to give you an estimate for the project. A good place to find basement design plans is on new home builders websites. Many builders will have home plans for each of their models. Not all builders offer a finished basement so it may be necessary to visit multiple sites.
There are now several websites and computer software programs that allow you to enter your room dimensions and create a 3D image of your project. Simply enter the total area and divide it into your desired room sizes. Add doors, windows and stairs. Most of the available programs also allow you to add paint colors, light fixtures and furniture for a more complete vision. These programs are great for any renovations and can be used repeatedly for future renovations as well. The downside to this option is that most of the software can be expensive although there are some websites that offer a pared down version for free.
Basement design plans are the most detailed and comprehensive way to both plan and visualize for basement renovation project. Get as many plans as you can so that you can carefully compare them and choose the design that best fits your needs and tastes. If you plan on using the services of a contractor, talk to more than one for multiple designs and price quotes. It is often good to research a few different styles of plans to ensure you really choose the plan that best suits your needs and tastes.