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Just the Thing Decorating, Staging, and Windows
This 1996 home in suburban Chicago was built by Oak Builders. It was updated by Just the Thing throughout the 1996-2013 time period including finishing out the basement into a family fun zone, adding a three season porch, remodeling the master bathroom, and painting.
Custom basement with barreled ceiling
Custom basement with barreled ceiling
Precision Construction
Small basement bar Home theatre with drop down projector and custom built in shelves, lighted crown, sconce lights, barreled ceiling Precisionremodelingomaha.com
Lexington Basement Remodel
Lexington Basement Remodel
Elza B. Design, Inc.
A family contacted us to come up with a basement renovation design project including wet bar, wine cellar, and family media room. The owners had modern sensibilities and wanted an interesting color palette. Photography: Jared Kuzia
Thomas Ave 2
Thomas Ave 2
Cabinets Taylor Made Inc.
Lower level bar, Painted gray, Flat Panel, Suspended shelf, Ship lap
Basement - small contemporary basement idea in Minneapolis
Warm and Cozy Lower Level
Warm and Cozy Lower Level
Lark Interior Design
David Frechette
Transitional underground vinyl floor and brown floor basement photo in Detroit with gray walls, a two-sided fireplace and a wood fireplace surround
Modern Mix
Modern Mix
Mary Rossi Designs
The vast space was softened by combining mid-century pieces with traditional accents. The furniture has clean lines and meant to be tailored as well as durable. We used unusual textiles to create an eclectic vibe. I wanted to breaks away from the traditional white enamel molding instead I incorporated medium hue of gray on all the woodwork against crisp white walls and navy furnishings to showcase eclectic pieces.
Blue Grass Residence
Blue Grass Residence
Cornerstone Architects
Inspiration for a contemporary basement game room remodel in Austin
Elegant Eclectic
Elegant Eclectic
REFINED LLC
Basement - eclectic basement idea in Minneapolis
Riverfront
Riverfront
HK Interiors, llc
Large cottage walk-out gray floor basement photo in New York with gray walls and no fireplace
Basement Bathroom
Basement Bathroom
NVS Kitchen and Bath
This NVS Remodeling & Design project is a basement remodel in South Riding, Virginia. The homeowner and NVS designer were able to dream up a warm, inviting basement plan that lends itself to cozy movie nights as well as large parties (the homeowners love to entertain!). The NVS production team carried out the design to perfection (our carpenter even custom-made rounded shelves to house the liquor). When you are in the space, it does not even feel like a basement.
Custom Basement Remodel | Hickory
Custom Basement Remodel | Hickory
Jay Miller General Contractors, Inc.
Custom Basement Renovation | Hickory |
Example of a large mountain style walk-out medium tone wood floor basement design in Philadelphia with blue walls and a standard fireplace
Under Stairs Cabinet
Under Stairs Cabinet
ClosetPlace
Our client wanted to dress up the space under her basement stairs. After several brainstorm sessions, we came up with this multi-use cabinet design that includes deep roll out drawers under the right side base cabinets, a tall wardrobe cabinet at center for guest use, and a bench to accessorize the game area, reading, or lake gazing. LED lighting accents add function and pizzazz to the space.
Basement Remodel
Basement Remodel
Hill Custom Homes
Mid-sized trendy walk-out carpeted basement photo in Seattle with beige walls
Long Grove Residence
Long Grove Residence
Kuchar
Example of a trendy basement design in Chicago
Basement Rec Room
Basement Rec Room
Southern Development Homes
The large basement rec room is a perfect TV room, game room, or home office. Walls are painted in SW#7029 Agreeable Gray, carpet is Groundworks Plus 190 Granite Peaks.
Stony Brook Project
Stony Brook Project
Liv Design Collective
Transitional basement photo in Salt Lake City
Basement Renovation - Bedroom, Playroom, Bathroom, Laundry, Family Room, Office
Basement Renovation - Bedroom, Playroom, Bathroom, Laundry, Family Room, Office
Fisher Group LLC
Complete Basement Renovation includes Playroom, Family Room, Guest Room, Home Office, Laundry Room, and Bathroom. Photography by Lydia Cutter.
Example of a trendy basement design in DC Metro
The Agra | Medina, WA
The Agra | Medina, WA
JayMarc Homes
Recreation/game room with kitchenette.
Large transitional medium tone wood floor and brown floor basement game room photo in Seattle with white walls
Lincoln Park Basment
Lincoln Park Basment
Potter Construction Inc
Jeff Beck Photography
Basement - mid-sized craftsman walk-out concrete floor and gray floor basement idea in Seattle with beige walls
Spacious Basement with Playhouse and Family Room
Spacious Basement with Playhouse and Family Room
Innovative Construction Inc.
Our clients wanted a space to gather with friends and family for the children to play. There were 13 support posts that we had to work around. The awkward placement of the posts made the design a challenge. We created a floor plan to incorporate the 13 posts into special features including a built in wine fridge, custom shelving, and a playhouse. Now, some of the most challenging issues add character and a custom feel to the space. In addition to the large gathering areas, we finished out a charming powder room with a blue vanity, round mirror and brass fixtures.
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Because of their expansive layouts, basements are often catch-all rooms. When browsing basement remodeling ideas, always think in terms of your family's needs and whether the space could best serve as your playroom, media room, home bar or storage space — or all of the above. Although finishing a basement is a large investment, it can add much-needed square footage to your home, which can also up the overall resale value.

As you get ready to take the remodeling plunge, take time to map out your basement layout and determine all its separate functions. Think about what your family needs the space for, and pick a layout that best suits those needs. Once you finalize your plan, determine whether built-ins are worth pursuing. In a vast, undefined space, they're an easy way to differentiate one space from another — the extra storage space doesn't hurt either. Finally, decide what type of basement furniture you want to fill the space with, like comfy couches, armchairs or a big game table. Since there's so much room to cover, picking the right pieces is a little more challenging than usual, so look at other basement design ideas to get a feel for what to look for when shopping.

What are basements used for?


Every family is different, so when looking for finished basement ideas make sure you pinpoint how you spend your time and then cater to those hobbies and interests. If you host parties often or are beer and wine aficionados, focus your basement remodel on creating a home bar or wine cellar. If you're looking for a kid-friendly hangout, become the neighborhood hot spot with a massive family and media room combo. Give the guy in your family the ultimate escape with a man cave, game room and home gym, or be practical above all else by adding extra bedrooms and another bathroom.

Should I use built-ins in my basement design?


With such large spaces, basements can hard to define; clever built-ins can help clarify room divisions while simultaneously aiding organization. For the ultimate video game/movie hub, install a custom entertainment center, complete with bookshelves and cabinets for storing small electronic accessories, movies and books. For those family movie nights, add a wet bar that includes a microwave and mini fridge for popcorn and beverages. A craft room with a built-in counter and shelves, or a long booth or bench for extra seating are also popular basement ideas. The options are endless, so consult a designer or builder to see what works for your basement remodel.

How should I decorate my basement?


If you take a look at most basement decorating ideas, you’ll see that typically bigger is better. Unlike other rooms where space might be tight, basement designs usually have room to spare, so your furniture can be oversized and chunky to help fill them up. Sectionals are a great way to avoid an empty-looking room, and they provide plenty of seating for when guests come to visit. Be sure to add other common living room pieces — like armchairs, side tables and coffee tables — to fully complete the look. If your family loves games, add a pool table, foosball or poker table, or include an oversized table for regular board games. Other excellent basement ideas include giving your kids their own corner with an indoor playhouse or swing, or creating your ultimate getaway with a daybed and bookshelves for reading, napping and relaxing.

Whether you want inspiration for planning a basement renovation or are building a designer basement from scratch, Houzz has 120,523 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including JayMarc Homes and HK Interiors, llc. Look through basement pictures in different colors and styles and when you find a basement design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful basement photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.