Basements used to be damp, musty spaces relegated to seasonal storage.
But times have changed. Today’s basements hold a wealth of potential that when tapped provides livable square footage for everything from home theaters and fitness centers to sports bars. Our team has seen basement renovation projects gain momentum, and with good reason. The finished basement is a relatively inexpensive remodeling project (as compared to a home addition). Gather basement ideas from what we’re seeing as the latest basement design trends.
In areas where people spend a lot of time indoors during the cold winter months, basements provide essential living space.
Wide open spaces
To avoid feeling like you’re walking into a tunnel at the bottom of the stairs, open up the base of the stairwell, or when possible, widen the stairwell to create a more inviting entry. Some homeowners are opting for a glass door at the top of the basement stairs or deleting a door altogether to create a more seamless space.
For most homeowners, the basement still needs to function as a storage area. Maximize space by adding custom floor-to-ceiling shelving, hooks or slot walls to a dedicated storage room or closet.
Instead of adding a drop ceiling, leave the exposed mechanicals in place and paint the entire ceiling for a more open, urban loft feel.
It’s important to get lighting right in the basement so it doesn’t feel like a cave. If the space is divided into zones, you’ll want the capability to adjust the lighting accordingly.
There are no rules; make it your own. Here are some popular options.
Pub-style bar with sink, wet bar, TVs and barstools
Adult-friendly bar with wine cooler, refrigerator, sink and microwave
Coffee bar with barista machines, sink and display cabinetry
Family bar with mini-kitchen for game night snacks and drinks
In addition to just adding another bathroom to the house, which is always a win, there will be no more running up and down the stairs when you’re enjoying your new space.
The best part about today’s basement trends is that they are inventive and personal. Making the space your own creates a functional and enjoyable part of your home.
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