Many geeks are all too familiar with the basement, and not just when they live with Mom or Dad. It’s a spacious, unused place that can house the likes of massive D&D maps, DIY built computers and all those toys, gizmos and gadgets you collect. Plus, it’s naturally cooler (perfect for electronics) and is the kind of man (or woman) cave every geek, gamer and LARPer deserves. However, it’s also prone to unique risks.
The basement, by virtue of it’s location, can spell trouble if it’s not properly maintained. It’s crucial to waterproof your basement even if it stores nothing but old clothes you wouldn’t be heartbroken about, but when it’s home to prized geek possessions, it’s certainly not an option. Here’s how to design the ultimate game room to safeguard your possessions and maximize safety. It’s not too late (yet) so get started today.
1. Ensure proper soil grading
You don’t need to live in a flood zone to be at risk for a flooded basement. One of the most common causes is having improper soil grading, especially near basement windows. This is something a reputable landscaper can take care of. Homes of the highest risk are at the bottom of a hill.
2. Get the foundation and home structure inspected annually
An annual maintenance inspection can spot red flags before they get out of control. A cracked basement, tiny leaks you don’t see and tell tale signs of plumbing along basement walls getting troublesome are minor repairs in the early stages. It’s kind of like cancer: The earlier it’s caught, the easier and less expensive it is to address.
3. Lighting is critical
Basement aren’t renowned for their natural light, but make the most of any natural light you do have and otherwise spring on more soothing, comfortable artificial light. Just because you can pick up some harsh, overhead fluorescent bulbs for cheap doesn’t mean you should. Your eyes need to be as relaxed as possible for those epic hobby or gaming nights.
4. Spring on seating
Seating and workstations in the basement shouldn’t just be comfortable and in good condition, but also ergonomically minded. This goes for the homeowner as well as guest seating. Basements are notorious for hosting old, decrepit furniture and makeshift seating that you’d never let fly in the main part of the house. However, when you’re spending a lot of time down here, your posture, well-being and comfort should matter.