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Basements that are under your main floor don’t necessarily mean that they are completely underground. Having a walkout basement can shed a little bit of light – literally – to this dynamic and creative space you have in your home. Whether partially or fully above ground level, these basements can open a homeowner up to a lot of different walkout basement ideas.
Typically, walkout basements are situated on a slope, so that a part of them resides above ground. You can find a large variety of different types of walkout basements depending on where you live and the architecture of your home. From walkout basement patios to walkout basement landscapes, there is a lot that can be done with this extra space.
We’ve showcased just some of the most popular and creative walkout basements ideas are listed to spark your creative imagination. The best walkout basement ideas and walkout basement pictures can help you decide whether or not this is something you’d like to achieve for your own home.
Do you wish you had a place to go in the basement where you could forget about your troubles? What a fantastic place to get away from it with your friends and family and soak in the scenery. The basement’s stone flooring and walls give the impression that they are quite sturdy. The walkout basement by Kathleen McGovern Studio of Interior Design is very remarkable.
The setting here is ideal for unwinding with loved ones. Adrienne DeRosa designed this walkout basement, and it is a breath of fresh air. Mornings are better with coffee and quiet time at the table and chairs outside. Wow, this a brilliant work of art!
Intent on transforming your cellar into a comfortable lounge? The basement is light and cozy, thanks to the shiplap paneling. French doors are used for the basement’s walkout. Douglas VanderHorn Architects designed this walkout basement, and it is a picture of minimalism and cleanliness.
All the light makes this a fantastic place for kids to play. There’s a great exercise room for the grownups with sliding glass doors that open up to the patio, making the most of the walkout basement. Eisner Design LLC’s walkout basement eliminates the need for constant parental supervision.
This walkout basement features French doors, opening up to a swimming pool that is sure to impress. When you’re ready for some outdoor fun, head to the pool once you’ve had your fill of this cool basement. This pool-view walkout basement is incredible, and it was designed by Two Birds Design.
Need a stylish entranceway that doubles as a basement space? This is a wonderful way to bring the outdoors inside. Chris Snook shot all of these photos. You can impress guests with the uniqueness of your home by having them arrive through the basement. Wow, Advantage Basements London nailed it with their plan.
Want a spacious and inviting place to host your posh get-togethers? Unlike some basements, this one has a walkout, and it’s pristine, light, and airy. It’s great to have a walkout basement for parties—what a beautiful, clean, modern walkout basement by Concept Interiors.
This London mansion’s 10,000 square feet walkout basement is nothing short of spectacular. It’s a vast space with multiple purposes. There’s a pool, a gym, a living room, and a window that looks out onto the exterior steps. That London walkout basement by Milc Property Stylists is amazing.
This walkout basement by Significant Homes LLC has a classic beach style. Everyone will love the barn door and bunk area. A couple of sets of french doors lead outside in this basement walkout. What a very convenient space that serves all of its functions!
The ceiling and shelves in this Sioux Falls walkout basement are to die for. This area can function as a living room or a place to host guests—what an incredible walkout basement by Designing Dreams by Ajay. The basement’s stone foundations are another positive feature.
Walkout Basement Doors
Walkout basement doorways leave plenty of room for customization and inspiration. They can make a flashy and inviting addition to any home, letting each guest know that there is a beautifully decorated basement or guest room waiting just inside. Depending on the style and aesthetic design of your home, you can choose a door that goes along well with what you currently have. They should be designed to complement and add value to your property while remaining safe and comfortable for all who see it.
Double doors, single doors, and grand entryway doors are some of the most popular walkout basement door options that people look for when designing a custom door for their walkout basement. While some homeowners prefer to keep it simple, others can enjoy personalizing the design of the entire door, from the color and shape of the handles to the number of glass panes used.
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What if your basement could double as a full-service snack bar for your next movie night? Think of this basement walkout as the setting for a fantastic country cinema. This basement with a strike to the outdoors is a perfect example of such a space—amazingly beautiful Advance Cabinetry.
What if you could come home from a long day at work and unwind in your basement, surrounded by natural light and fresh air? The basement patio can be reached from the living area or the guest bedroom with a walkout. This walkout basement from Clarum Homes has a patio for outdoor entertaining.
Look at this walkout basement and imagine yourself in Denver. Pinnacle Mountain Homes have created a stunning masterpiece with its lush walkout basement plan. This basement is perfect for a relaxing bonfire. The balcony even allows you a look down into the basement.
In search of a family-friendly restaurant? The twin doors that cover this cottage patio add to its quaint character. The exterior is visible because of the abundance of windows. This walkout basement by Cottage Home, Inc. is a breath of fresh air.
Walkout Basement Ideas – Door Options
Looking for something unique and stylish as a testament to your personal style and flavor? There are plenty of basement door options that can add a lot of value to your home. Some of the most popular options include:
- Basement Bulkhead Doors
- Cellar Doors
- Reclaimed Wood Doors
- Farmhouse Doors
- White or Wooden French Doors
- Sliding Doors
You have a lot of creative freedom when it comes to designing a basement door. Having a unique look might add increased value to your home, making potential buyers smile when it comes time to sell.
Wow, look at this beautiful brick patio! Patio designs for a walkout basement can include various elements, such as a water feature and stone landscaping. This space is perfect for hosting parties or enjoying a glass of wine after a long day. Wow, Wiedemann Architects LLC nailed it with this one.
Sometimes all you need are simple classic patio furniture pieces to make an outdoor patio area off a walkout basement come alive. In this front walkout, you might not even notice that it is a basement! You can use the space to have some time outside, especially in the morning. This is such a good design by Cottage Home, Inc.
Are you interested in constructing a basement beneath your current home? Another fantastic notion is to make the feature side of the stone seating area the focal point. In addition, the walkout design of the lower level makes it possible to enjoy a film while sitting in the fresh air. This basement by Republic Gardens is wonderful.
Walkout Basement Patios
Say goodbye to the traditional front and backyard patios, and say hello to unique walkout basement patios. The beauty of a walkout basement is that you’ve offered yourself more space outside, without it interfering with your existing yards. It can be treated like a secret hideaway, an area you can only reach by stairs and yet it is still outdoors so you can enjoy the magic of summer nights.
Walkout basement patios can be large or small and can be utilized for a multitude of different functions. For example, you can patch in some grass and use it as a safe play area for your kids. Or, you can add some pieces of yard lounge furniture to make it a quiet and relaxing space for you to enjoy when you need a little bit of sanctuary.
Walkout Basement Patio Ideas
You can turn your walkout basement patio into a transitional courtyard with stone-tiled flooring, a few pieces of furniture and some natural decorations. This is a great place for meetings, get-togethers, and quiet places for relaxation.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, you can liven up your space for a fun party by adding a banquet table and classy wooden chairs. If you have the space, you can even add a patio cover to provide some much-needed shade and hang some lanterns from above to create an inviting environment.
Gorgeous landscaping surrounds this classic Minneapolis home, and a comfortable seating space can be found just off the walkout basement. The basement is nothing special, yet it is bright and airy—incredible work by Pillar Homes’ lite landscaping team.
Wow! A dream basement walkout! Everyone will love a basement with a swimming pool outside! When you go out from your basement, the collection will welcome you with freshness! This water walkout by Stuart Silk Architects/Limited PS is truly an amazing design!
This London basement has an amazing walkout to a playground and modern landscaping. This basement has enough room to be a fun and exciting play area. One of the best parts is the slide, which provides hours of fun. Also, it can serve as a place to host gatherings. That’s some serious art by Eldridge London right there.
What a cool way to get into the cellar! You can slide down, and you’re there! Stainless steel slides and sandboxes, framed by cedar planters and lush greenery, can be seen in this playground’s close-up. This greenery subterranean area is by Eldridge London.
This house has the potential to be the site of some great parties. This modern basement has a great patio with barbecue facilities. Dine alfresco with your loved ones and enjoy the fresh air and natural surroundings. Kim Duffin/Sublime Architectural created this eco-friendly walkout basement.
Wow, that’s one sweet walkout basement. It’s the perfect gift for any sports fan! It seems to be leading to a lovely lake. Wow, this sports and lake-themed basement by Catherine Ranae Thomas Design Co. is awesome. This lake adventure basement has everything you might want, neatly stored and cool.
Walkout Basement Landscaping Ideas
If you’ve purchased a home with a walkout basement, or if you have had the good fortune of building a walkout basement on a sloped property, then you will have plenty of space to create a unique and dynamic landscape. Several of the most popular and creative ideas are listed below to spark your own imagination:
- Stamped concrete patio. This is a great idea for a walkout basement that gives you a dynamic space to walk, and room to decorate with furniture or keep under the shade with a patio cover.
- Tiered staircase. Nothing says “grand” like a beautiful staircase leading down to your basement patio, giving you that extra space to show off your favorite exterior design trends.
- Natural stone hardscaping. Using stone to create low walls, stairs, or seating arrangements can really bring out the best of the nature around you, making your makeshift patio look like a lush addition to your private space.
- Wooden patio deck. Nothing expresses serenity and space like a built wooden patio deck, which can be expanded to include stairs or your favorite pieces of furniture.
- Play area for the kids. Give your kids a private and safe space to play. You could even include a sandbox area and it will be like your own personal beach!
Additional Walkout Basement Ideas
The inside of your walkout basement can be furnished to serve whatever function you may need.
- You can convert it into a dynamic guest room for when friends and in-laws arrive for the holidays, or you can transform it into a great den and hangout spot for yourself and your buddies.
- Adding a flat screen television and a stooled bar are popular trends when it comes to basement decorations. You can also experiment with personalized lighting and window options as well.
- Outside, you have the option of landscaping your walkout basement patio using natural or man-made elements – or both. Many homeowners like to incorporate pathways or stepping stones to indicate that there is something new and exciting to discover slightly below ground. Geometric shapes can play into the appearance of the space, making it appear larger or smaller to create a specific effect.
From patio covers to stony landscapes, there are beautiful and unique ways to decorate your walkout basement yard that will add a touch of vibrancy to your home. Having a walkout basement in good condition typically increases its home value, and it is an added feature that potential buyers will love down the line.
You can use your space as an addition to your existing backyard, or as a unique feature on its own. Inside, you can enjoy a fully furnished basement that’s equipped with everything you need. Plus, the ability to look out the window or walk out the door is something heavily desirable in most basements. Having a walkout basement is certainly an advantage – it’s time to make the most of it!
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