Many homeowners remember the basements of their childhoods: they were dark, damp and scary (yes, there was definitely something hiding under those stairs!). But today’s basements – with the right approach and renovations – can be luxurious bonus spaces, adding usable square footage (and ultimately value) to your home.
We’ve worked with clients to renovate many basements over the years, and we love how this space makes people feel like they have license to take more creative risks. We’ve seen game rooms, media rooms, play rooms and full apartments go into basements and all without one dark, damp or scary vibe.
Basement Renovation Design Ideas & Pictures
Here are 5 great design ideas for your basement renovation.
The Game Room
The basement is a space that provides extra square footage for things like pool tables, foosball tables, ping pong and air hockey. The right basement renovation (and space) can accommodate all your favorite games in one space, including free throw basketball games, and old arcade games. You can also make your game room as grown up as you want by including things like cigar humidors, a dry or wet bar or a wine cellar.
The Wine Room
Speaking of wine cellars, some of our favorite basement renovations include a custom wine cellar or wine room. Basements are often perfect for wine rooms and cellars, since they are able to remain at cooler temperatures. We love building custom cabinetry, nooks and holders for your wine collection. We can also build the space out to give you a tasting area or full bar for all your entertainment needs.
The Media Room
Basements are one of the best places to put a media room. They are naturally dark and quiet which creates a perfect environment for a big screen and large, comfy couches that won’t necessarily fit into a traditional family room. Build risers into your media room for theater style seating, or fill the space with cushions and bean bags.
Like the game room, the media room can be built for grown ups or kids, depending on your finishes and amenities. Stock soda into a vintage coke machine, or build in a full bar for the best movie nights in town.
The Bonus Room
Sometimes you just need a peaceful, relaxing space to get away and read your favorite book, scroll on Instagram or have a place that’s away from the hustle and bustle of the main home. A great basement renovation can give you the cozy getaway room of your dreams, complete with things like fireplaces, wood floors and comfy nooks for reading or hanging out.
The Full Kitchen or Bar
Many of our clients love to entertain, and we’ve helped many of them put full kitchens and bars into their basements. But gone are the days of dark wood paneling, green carpet and Velvet Elvis paintings (though you can certainly have that if you want!). These full kitchens or bars can have every function and convenience of your upstairs space, plus great lighting to boot. Marble counters, state of the art appliances, built in coolers and beer fridges…if you can dream it, you can probably make it happen in your basement renovation design.
If you’re starting to think about ideas for your basement renovation, it’s time to get creative! Since this room tends to feel “separate” from the rest of your home, you can put your dream bonus spaces here. It’s best to work with a reputable design-build firm who can help you with the entire project from start to finish, plus make sure you get the right permits.
Basements can sometimes be a little tricky in the build out and remodeling phase since they tend to house important components and structural elements for the rest of the home. But with the right partner you can make sure you get the space you want while also preserving the integrity of these important structures and systems.
Basement Renovations in Columbus, Ohio
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