Our Top 3 Basement Remodel Concepts
Why settle on having a basement used only for storage space when you can remodel it to be both functional and stylish? You’ve already put the creative thought into remodeling the rest of your house, and there’s no good reason why the basement should languish, too. But instead of thinking as the basement as a sort of black hole in which a major remodel is needed, read on to find out how you can get a great design for less effort than you think.

Turn it into a “Loft”


Lofts are associated with bright, open spaces — the complete opposite of what a basement usually is. But if you combine the two, you can convert a dark space into something airy and inviting.

The key is to knock down walls, but to do it in safe way. Walls, especially in the basement, are there to hold up the ceilings so it’s important to keep its structural integrity in place. Make sure you consult a contractor first before you take a sledgehammer to any walls.

Three other tips to consider are maximizing the light that comes from your windows (either by enlarging them or placing lighting close to them), using light-colored wood, and exposing the ceiling. To recreate that loft look, it’s important to follow it as closely as possible.

Build a Sports Haven


Because the basement isn’t used as much as other rooms in the house, you have the freedom to play around with it some more. If you’ve always wanted a hockey shooting pad, tournament-ready pool table or mini arcade, go for it.

But instead of just stopping at putting in your sports infrastructure, create an atmosphere in every inch of the space. For example, if you’re putting in a mini hockey rink, install sideboards, too. If you’re thinking of putting up art, that’s a great idea, but make sure it reflects adult-like tastes or you run the risk of it turning into a kid’s room.

Go Upscale for Entertainment


If you love having friends over for little parties or get-togethers but don’t like the idea of always fixing up the living room, use the basement for what it’s there for: an open space that you can mold into anything.

A bar is almost a necessity for turning your basement into an entertainment spot, but you don’t always have to use it for serving alcohol. But having an area you can use for simple food and drink preparation means you don’t have to keep trekking upstairs and back down.

Another important thing to keep in mind is to settle on a theme — and never deviate. It’s easy to get carried away and try and put everything you like down there, but that’ll just result in a messy, disorganized aesthetic. And you don’t necessarily have to stick with all light colors and materials, but be cognizant of the effect dark colors can have.

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When it comes to your basement, you have greater flexibility in choosing how it looks because it’s a room used less often than others. And when it comes to remodeling, you’re only constrained by your budget and imagination.
Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.
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