Unique Basement Features for Your Remodel
Basements have so much more potential than just “finished” spaces that add a bit more square footage to your home. More than anything, your basement should be an extension of the upstairs – a place that’s both fun and usable. All you have to do is get a bit creative! We’re taking you on a tour of our best basement design ideas for 2023 to give you inspiration for your own project. Let’s get started!
Most people, by default, use that forgotten space underneath the steps for storage only. It’s handy, yes, but why not transform it into a space that gets plenty of use instead? Kid forts are perfect for this. Whether you opt to add a miniature playhouse or keep the tiny “room” as an open and airy reading nook. They’ll LOVE having a play space all to themselves! With a designated space for them to stretch their imaginations, you’re less likely to have a full basement takeover! Gotta have some space for the adults, too!
Built-in drink ledges are essential for basements. Not only do they provide a convenient spot for snacks and beverages, but they also help to define the space and add an extra layer or level of seating.
Basements can be tricky to design, especially since there’s usually exposed duct work that drops down below upper floor joists. But rather than resorting to covering every surface with suspended ceiling tiles (yuck), use ductwork to your advantage. Intentionally designing dropped soffits that define spaces creates architectural interest.
Pops of Personality
Details are everything in your basement! Show your personality with an interactive chalkboard wall, add beams for extra ceiling dimension, or opt for shiplap to add texture to the space. Whatever you’re drawn to in design, the basement is the perfect place to let that style come through. Remember – if you’re intentional with the overall space, it’ll feel more like a used and loved part of your home instead of a totally separate realm.
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TV/Fireplace Feature Walls
Having a feature wall in your basement is not only visually stunning, but it’s also a great way to make the room functional. You can go for a fireplace, mount a TV, add shelves, or do a combo of all three. Whichever option you choose, a feature wall is important to help anchor the space, allowing you to position your furniture easily around it.
Why wait for summer to enjoy an outdoor at-home basketball game? With a sport court, you’ve got a gym year round. Transform your basement into the ultimate workout zone, and we promise it’ll be a hit for both adults and kids.
Whether on a platform or level with the rest of the basement, theater seating is one of our favorite features. It makes movie viewing an unforgettable experience and turns your basement into a prime entertainment zone. Just grab some popcorn, pour an ice cold soda, and you’ve got a setup that rivals the best movie theaters in town.
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By Megan Johansson, Contributor to Carla Bast Design