Basement Renovation Ideas Gallery
Visual Guide to Revamping Your Basement Space
Every owner of an unfinished basement inevitably faces the question of its further renovation. Some just want to have a basement laundry room to free up space in the main part of the house. Others include in their finished basement ideas the creation of an additional bedroom in the basement and a basement bathroom for guests.
After renovation, the basement can turn into a real apartment, which can be rented out for additional income. However, many undertake its renovation for strictly personal use. In this case, the renovation is carried out in a personal style; some install a pool table, while others prefer a separate media room.
BASEMENT RENOVATION USUALLY TAKES 2–3 WEEKS
The interior designers of the Finished Basement company will think through the basement ideas to the smallest detail. And our experienced specialists will bring them to life, performing quality work. Thanks to an effective approach, basement renovation usually takes no more than 2-3 weeks.
Basement Remodeling Ideas Gallery
Who's Claiming the Basement
Before making a list of basement remodel ideas and planning the basement design, it is important to determine who exactly will use it. Renovating the most underrated room of your house today, many focus only on the monthly receipt of profit by renting this space out.
However, many want to create a maximally personal space for strictly personal use. Some allocate space for any professional activity regardless of its direction; others necessarily build a home theater or media room, and some just want to have a home gym and another bedroom for guests.
Basement for Personal Use
Very often, the renovation of the basement is planned specifically to turn it into a comfortable space for personal use. Usually, they try to fit everything that did not find a place in the main part of the house, including a home gym, home cinema, office, and even a real home spa.
In this case, customers prefer a personal style of room decoration and pay separate attention to their hobbies. For example, if you love billiards very much, you can install a real pool table in the basement of your private house. There are also those who prefer table tennis or any other activities that can be organized right in the basement.
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Extra Spaces in the Basement
Basement Children's Area
An excellent idea, which is highly popular among private homeowners, often becomes the use of the basement room as an entertainment space for their children and their friends. In a well-equipped room, they can gather any number of friends and spend time with them as interestingly and productively as possible.
In the basement, in this case, a variety of children's entertainments for every taste are often organized. Sometimes parents even install a small basketball hoop. However, the set of equipment for children is most often chosen based on their age and hobbies and is periodically changed.
Basement Home Spa
Without a basement bathroom, the reconstruction process of the most underrated room today almost never happens. However, more and more private homeowners prefer to create a home spa of various plans. In this case, we can talk about both very simple options and truly luxury ones.
Classic elements of a 3-piece bathroom, like a vanity, toilet, and shower room, are still used even when creating a home spa. At the same time, a traditional or infrared sauna is often added to the basement bathroom, and the shower room is often equipped with a highly functional shower panel and a steam machine.
Basement Hangout Space
Under the basement hangout space, one can understand almost any space for entertainment together with relatives, friends, colleagues, employees, and other guests. Often it is equipped with a pool table, foosball table, and a dartboard can be hung on the wall. However, all this depends only on the owner's imagination.
The center of the basement hangout space often becomes a classic wet bar. At the same time, extra lighting is designed over it, as well as key elements of active entertainment. A television for watching sports competitions or just music videos is often also installed on the wall opposite the bar counter.
Basement Game Room
If pool table, foosball table, and other similar entertainments are not interesting, a game room with digital entertainment can be organized based on a home theater. A large TV or projector, modern sound system, extra seating for all gathered, and of course, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S/X or another gaming console - all this guarantees a lot of entertainment.
This fun space can also be used as a regular home theater, which will allow you to gather together with your family to watch classic films and modern blockbusters, cartoons for all ages, engaging Netflix series, Disney+, Apple TV+ and other streaming services.
Basement Laundry Room
A very good idea for renovating the most underrated space of a private house is also organizing a separate basement laundry room. With it, you can free up space in the main part of the house and get rid of the noise of regularly working washing and drying machines.
Moreover, the basement laundry room can be a very functional space. Here you can also organize a place for hand washing delicate fabrics. Moreover, often the ironing surface is also moved here. There may also be storage for additional sets of bed linen.
Basement Craft Room
A very interesting idea for basement renovation can be the organization of a real craft room. Such a space will be in demand by all those who love to do something with their hands. These can be the simplest homemade postcards, and something serious from clay, like ceramic art objects.
Creating a craft room will be a great idea not only for adult rest but also for spending time together with children. Regularly creating something with your hands will help to accustom them to diligence, develop creative abilities, diversify abstract thinking, and more.
Legal Basement Apartment
Basement spaces of private houses, converted into a separate apartment, are actively rented in Canada today. Due to the large influx of new immigrants and students, such housing options will only become more popular, guaranteeing a constant monthly extra income for private homeowners.
When planning basement design in this case, they usually start not from personal preferences, but from the practicality of the space. For example, the choice often falls on white walls, which are very easy to repaint after each tenant. Regarding all the necessary permits for creating a legal basement apartment, it is best to contact Finished Basement specialists.
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Advanced Basement Design Elements
Steam Machine for Shower Room
A great idea for rest at the end of the workday or after an intense workout in the home gym could be the installation of a real steam machine in a custom shower room. Such devices generate special steam that opens and cleanses the pores of the entire body, effectively cleansing and relaxing it.
Together with the steam machine, a special bench is usually installed in the shower room, on which you can sit for performing any cosmetic procedures at your discretion. If the size of the shower room allows, this element can be stationary. In smaller ones, foldable benches are installed.
Gym Equipment for Home Office
A fairly interesting idea could be the installation of home gym elements directly in your basement home office. Of course, a rock climbing wall is unlikely to fit there, and the ceiling height in the basement of a private house will clearly not contribute to this. But there will definitely be a place for a couple of universal exercise machines.
Home gym elements are especially important for those home offices that involve intensive professional activity in a sitting position. In this case, it will not be superfluous to get at least one universal cardio trainer, which will help strengthen the cardiovascular system of the body and just stretch.
Big Table for Board Games
The basement can become an ideal place for fans of board games who like to regularly gather with friends to once again test their strengths in Catan, Monopoly, Ticket to Ride, Risk, Scrabble, Cluedo, or even just arrange a small competition in checkers or chess with guests.
Of course, for this, it will not hurt to have a place for a large and comfortable table that will fit all friends at once. Moreover, it will not be superfluous to provide extra lighting directly above the table to maximize the comfort of reading information from cards in a specific board game. This can significantly increase the comfort of rest.
Fireplace for Basement Feature Wall
An important element of the living room, home theater, media room, or simply open concept basement is usually the feature wall. This is the part of the basement wall that is painted a darker color to create additional volume, and, if desired, can be finished with artificial stone or special wall tiles.
An important element of the feature wall usually becomes a gas or more often electric fireplace. It not only looks visually cool and becomes an important focal point of the entire room but also serves as an additional source of heat. In addition, the feature wall can be equipped with built-in shelves for storing and displaying family relics, as well as recessed lighting.
Open Closet for Basement Bedroom
An interesting idea for a basement bedroom is to store clothes in an open closet. There may simply not be room for full-fledged cabinets in a small bedroom, so this solution can be an excellent way out. Moreover, today it is a fairly trendy approach that will help diversify the appearance of the room.
The basement bedroom usually does not differ in size and in the case that this room is planned for a full-fledged basement apartment, which is rented out. Usually, more area in this case is allocated for the living room, where residents will definitely spend much more time.
Kitchenette Based on Modular Bar
An interesting idea when planning a basement apartment can be creating a kitchenette based on the elements of the modern modular bar previously developed by our company. They include upper and lower cabinets, from which you can create a small kitchen from 4 ft wide to 8 ft and much more.
In the lower part of such a kitchenette, a mini fridge for storing food and drinks will be installed between the storage cabinets. A sink, a small cooktop for cooking, and a microwave or traditional portable oven can also be used. By the way, all this can be used not only in the room intended for rent.
Finished Basement guarantees that all work performed complies with the Ontario Building Code (OBC). This reflects the company’s commitment to quality and adherence to industry standards. We guarantee that the basement renovation will meet the requirements of legislation and safety.
If any installation defects of the finished basement are found during the 5-year warranty period, we undertake to eliminate them. Any defective work will be redone without additional payment. This warranty underscores our unwavering commitment to meeting the needs of our clients.
Additional Basement Remodel Ideas
Extra Bedroom for Night Guests
A very interesting idea within the basement remodel is usually to have at least a small separate guest room for friends and relatives who stay overnight. In fact, it is just a small additional bedroom with enough space, intended only for sleeping.
For the basement bedroom, it is traditionally a good idea to plan it around a window, which will not only create enough natural light but also provide the necessary ventilation for the room. The most awaited guests will definitely appreciate such a room and will be grateful for its presence in your home.
Complete Walkout Basement
In the process of basement remodel of a full-fledged basement apartment for rent, a separate exit is also usually planned for it. You can manage with a simple side entrance with stairs to the basement or create a large full-fledged walkout either on the side of the house or to the backyard.
A walkout basement with access from the inner courtyard is also a great idea for personal use of this space. This will be especially useful if the room provides a lot of entertainment for guests, including a hangout space with a pool table, foosball table, and other elements.
Storage Space Under the Stairs
The space underneath the stairs can be used for various tasks. Most often, it is used for additional storage to save space in the storage room and other rooms of the house. On the one hand, it is possible to install convenient pull-out drawers here. On the other hand, shelves can simply be installed here.
In fact, for the space underneath the stairs, you can come up with a lot of different application scenarios. For example, you can install shelves for your entire book collection and create a full-fledged home library. You can even partially fit a desk under the stairs for a full-fledged home office.
Basement Laundry in Storage Room
When planning a basement remodel, an interesting solution that will help save space will also be the combination of various rooms by purpose. For example, you can combine a laundry room and a storage room by installing shelves for storing your things and a washing machine with a dryer in one room.
Planning a separate laundry is a great idea for the basement also because it allows you to shield the main space from unnecessary noise, which will definitely not interfere in the storage room. Moreover, additional sets of bed linen and other bulky items can also be stored on the shelves here.
Real Wine Cellar in Basement
In addition to a wet bar in the main area of the basement, you can organize a real wine cellar with atmospheric barn doors in a separate room. It will be logical to use a special wine rack for the proper long-term storage of your own wine collection in a horizontal position.
In the wine cellar, space is often provided for placing bottles in a vertical position for several days before consumption to transfer the sediment to the bottom. Moreover, you can also place extra seating here for tasting special sorts with guests.
Starry Sky Ceiling for Living Space
One of the most extraordinary elements of basement design can be a starry sky ceiling, which will undoubtedly be the most important focal point of the entire room. Most often, it is placed over the home theater space or the entire living space to give it an extra twist.
During the development of the basement space, a great idea will be to plan additional sources of lighting. These can be ceiling-mounted lights, wall sconces, floor and table lamps, as well as various options for decorative room lighting, of which there can be very many.