Don’t leave your basement neglected. A little time and effort can turn your basement into a spectacular space your family would love. If you have a finished basement, but it's outdated and you want to make it more inviting, or dry walled and insulated (and therefore suitable as a casual living space) but otherwise bare, you can spruce it up without spending a lot of money.
If it is unfinished, however, consider this: A basement renovations may be a major project, but it’s a lot less expensive than an addition and could be just as spectacular.