Basements are often overlooked as possible rooms that can benefit from a finishing or remodeling. They are often dark and neglected areas used for storing old clothes or to hold an extra freezer.
However, with a small investment and some imagination, your basement remodel can offer an extra living space that will add joy and value to your home.
We have also included 8 additional awesome ideas, totaling 16 Awesome you can use for your basement remodeling project. They range from something as simple as adding a new fireplace to turning the entire basement into a garage.
1. Create the Beverage Center
Most homeowners assume that a luxury bar will get used like the classic “Cheers” bar of the 1980’s. But in the past 5-10 years more people are adding smaller beverage centers. This allows for a sink to wash glasses and an under counter fridge for beer, soda or water. You can also add a small microwave for popping popcorn.
2. Build a Fine Wine Cellar
Perhaps you would enjoy transforming a room in your basement into a private wine cellar and tasting room.
Custom-built shelves can store and attractively display your collection of wines, that can now expand to fill all that new available space. Complete the atmosphere with an opposite wall made from real (or faux) stone. Add a table with a rustic or contemporary feeling for your wine tasting events.
3. Build a Gaming Room for the Kids
Drop in comfortable carpeting, ample overhead lighting, add a ping-pong or pool table, and the kids will have a place to call their own. With soundproofing added to the walls and ceiling, you can have a quiet evening while they enjoy themselves downstairs. Now you’ll know where your teenagers are on Saturday night because they are having fun right at home.
4. Your New Home Theater
Start with your choice of flooring and finish the walls off with framed movie posters from your cinema favorites. You’ll need a large, comfy sofa and a couple of reclining chairs. The picture can be as wide-screen as your wall allows, and we can store all your DVD equipment in another room with use of new remote technology. Looking for theater basement ideas? Check out our Basement Theater Ideas Gallery.
5. Your Own Private Hobby/Collection Museum
Do you have a sports memorabilia collection that deserves to be properly displayed? Perhaps you need a place to set up your model trains or RC race track. Glass shelving can safely display your collected treasures, while a long table can be used for display or model-building purposes. Custom lighting will really make your collection stand out as it should.
6. Your New Custom Home Office
If it’s privacy you need, privacy you shall have in your new office. You won’t need a lot of furniture, but a sofa and a small conference table will be welcome additions. Be sure to add sufficient lighting to get the job done. Best of all, a home office is tax-deductible.
7. Create Guest Rooms or In-Law Suite Plans
If your basement has the proper escape window, you can add a small bedroom. This is a great space for visiting guests or an in-law can live with you while still maintaining his or her independence. Of course, you should check with local ordinances on the requirements for a converting a basement into a living space.
8. Perfect for a Private Gyms
Why pay monthly membership fees when you can have your own home gym? There is enough room for free weights and a couple of machines. You might even consider adding a steam shower to wind down after that long workout.
If you are looking for other awesome basement ideas, check out our basement renovation ideas gallery, or simply contact us to talk about some of our coolest basement ideas, or to transform your current basement remodel ideas into a reality for your home.
HERE ARE SOME BONUS IDEAS:
BONUS #1: Basement Workshop Ideas
Is your home starved of space? Turn your basement into a garage and store your tools, recycling bins and lawnmower. When properly built you could even put your car or RV in there. You can even use the space for your carpentry and crafting projects. Make sure you install a good garage door and get large windows to let in plenty of natural light.
Do not forget to install fire sprinklers, smoke sensors and fire extinguishers. According to the United States Fire Administration, fires that start in the garage tend to cause the most injury and the biggest damage. Considering that your garage is in the basement, you need to be extra serious about fire safety.
BONUS #2: Home Library Accessories
Create a cozy library and study area by adding shelving and comfortable seats to your basement. Regularly check that moisture is not getting in as it can damage the books. As with the garage, install large windows to keep the place bright and warm during the day. At night, make sure there is adequate lighting.
Again, fire safety is a must. Even the smallest of fires can spread quickly because of the presence of dry paper and plenty of wood shelving. Protect your family and your precious collection of books.
BONUS #3: Add a See Through Electric Fireplace
A fireplace can add a touch of warmth, both aesthetic and literal, to your basement. It can especially be great if you decide to turn the basement into a family room, den or library. But the most important thing you need to consider is the type of fireplace you are going to install. This will depend on a number of factors including your budget, preferences and basement design.
Gas fireplaces are generally preferred in below-grade rooms such as the basement. Wood fireplaces can have venting problems leading to smoke drafting into the room. Gas fireplaces are also more energy efficient, easier to use and less messy compared to wood-burning ones.
Alternatively buy an electric fireplace insert. This consists of a box with a glass front. The box can be inserted into an existing fireplace space or in a cabinet. You simply connect it to a power source and you have your own almost-real fireplace. An electric fireplace insert uses electricity to create the effect of a real fireplace, complete with real-looking burning logs and embers. With the touch of a button, you can get the insert to also produce heat.
An electric fireplace insert is generally the cheapest option though it may not be as warm and cozy as a gas or wood fireplace.
BONUS #4: Bookcases & Custom Built-ins
To get the best from your finished basement, you need to make as much use of the space as possible. If you look around, you will discover a lot of dead space that could be put to good use. A common example is the space under the stairs. This is a prime storage area for your tools, linen, books and anything else you can think of.
Check whether spaces under the windows and next to the fireplace can be put to any use. You can have a built in desk, a built-in suitcase or even an attached daybed for those afternoons you need to laze away.
BONUS #5: Sliding Reclaimed Barn Doors
A barn door creates a different and interesting look to a space. It can shift over to cover the adjacent room, which could be a bathroom, wine cellar, or even a workout room. It is a nice feature when you don’t have as much room for a traditional swinging door, but can also just simply be a focal point.
BONUS #6: A Mini Kitchenette Unit
Create a kitchenette where the family and relax and enjoy hot beverages and snacks while bonding. Building a small kitchen will definitely require a bigger financial investments but it will drastically transform your basement.
Instead of a formal sitting area, add some stools around the work area to create a bar where drinks can also be served. A music system and maybe a television will round it off perfectly.
You can also have the kitchenette as an accompaniment to another room such as a home gym, a gaming area or a home theatre. People can come in to refresh themselves. Use a sliding barn door to divide the rooms while also saving space.
BONUS #7: The Man Cave Ideas
BONUS #8: Don’t Forget About Basement Storage Shelves
Try to install shelving units that are plastic or covered wire and avoid wood shelving, as moisture in the floor will wick upward, potentially harming the shelving and the items on it over time.
Basement storage with open shelving gives lots of space for boxes and files, but lots of closed cabinet doors hides clutter.
The basement is usually the place for entertainment, so making sure you have plenty of storage for games, videos, or other household items will help year-round.