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Basement Ideas and Designs

In an age where space is at a premium, the newest trend in urban home renovation is the basement conversion, allowing a homeowner to increase the square footage of their home without increasing their plot size or reducing the size of their garden. Basement excavations and constructions can provide an extra floor of living space and with modern construction techniques a basement can become a bright, warm and airy heart of your home. An increasing number of us are transforming this previously wasted space into an awe inspiring kitchen or living area, whilst those seeking to create a real luxury addition to their home are opting for basement ideas such as home cinemas, gyms and spas, man caves or pool rooms.

What type of home is suitable for a basement conversion?


A basement conversion is particularly suitable for urban homes on small plots and can offer the perfect solution for extending a terraced or semi-detached urban home. Whilst it is typically more costly to convert a basement than to complete a loft conversion or extension, for those that have already completed these renovations or where even more space is required, extending below ground can be the best option. The best candidates are homes with an existing cellar and it is just a case of deepening or expanding the existing space. If you don't have a cellar, a retro-fit basement can be created but a project of this magnitude will require additional time and money.

What room should I turn my basement or cellar into?


The proximity of the basement conversion to the living areas and internal infrastructure of the house make it ideal for additional living, recreational and utility rooms. It can also lend itself well to creating an entirely separate, self-contained annexe or apartment. If you’re just extending your house for some extra space to play with, the basement ideas you could have are the stuff of dreams: home gyms, snooker rooms, wine cellars, home bars and indoor swimming pools are among the most exciting uses.

How should I tackle a cellar or basement conversion?


The best thing to do is contact a professional to assess how feasible it will be to have a basement conversion or excavation in your home. There’s no point looking at lots of basement ideas if it would actually be structurally impossible to install a basement room. You should also check what permissions and consents you will need before beginning a project like this – a basement conversion can be very disruptive for you and neighbours so you need to make sure you are legally allowed to go ahead with the conversion first. Your chosen contractors will then need to underpin foundations for support, completely waterproof the basement and build in the internal walls. Then, all the finishing touches, staircases, flooring and electrics will need to be completed. Remember to consider internal balconies or mezzanines, as well as light wells and perhaps sunken terraces outside of the basement to introduce as much light as possible.

Start browsing through the photos on Houzz to get some basement ideas and inspiration. You can start saving your favourite photos to ideabooks and then contact professionals that have worked on projects you like.
Design ideas for a medium sized modern fully buried basement in London.

Gavin Cantley
Design ideas for a medium sized modern fully buried basement in London.
Lit ceiling. Doesn't look as good as I had hoped - giles_talbott

Photo of a large traditional basement in London with beige walls.

Photo of a large traditional basement in London with beige walls.

Traditional walk-out basement in Surrey with light hardwood flooring.

Traditional walk-out basement in Surrey with light hardwood flooring.
ideas for us.. layout is similar to ours. - awanish_kumar

Inspiration for a contemporary look-out basement in London with white walls and white floors.

Chris Murphy, ViewMedia
Inspiration for a contemporary look-out basement in London with white walls and white floors.
living room - mygreatjeemail

Photo of a medium sized farmhouse fully buried basement in Other with travertine flooring, beige floors and a wood burning stove.

Photo of a medium sized farmhouse fully buried basement in Other with travertine flooring, beige floors and a wood burning stove.

Medium sized contemporary basement in London with white walls, light hardwood flooring and beige floors.

Graham Gaunt
Medium sized contemporary basement in London with white walls, light hardwood flooring and beige floors.
Gym - saif_al_kuwari

Inspiration for an industrial basement in London with grey walls and medium hardwood flooring.

Just Venice replicates wood at its best. A true plank size of 1800x268mm, brings the reality of wooden beauty, right into your living space. Like different wooden posts, they join at the surface of the water to create a dolphin structure, similar to the Just Venice line of tiles, which join in your rooms to create your own personal style. Smooth or coarse, elaborated or rustic, each piece of wood encloses many aspects, just as many as its veins and with just as many colours. Strength, fineness and vigour: the many personalities are inscribed in the colours and in the shades of wood. This range is truly an inspiring creation that will provide refinement and sophistication to any living space.
poker night games room small gatherings of friends - williamboardgt1312

This is an example of a medium sized urban walk-out basement in London with no fireplace, brown floors and dark hardwood flooring.

The space around the stairs is dedicated to fun, but contains lots of sexy black to marry with the overall scheme and keep this corner feeling grown-up. A basketball hoop and punch-bag look smart in black leather, matching the room’s other dark notes while providing a focus for play. A small fridge will keep beer, wine and nibbles cool, but its iconic design and dark colour ensure it remains unobtrusive. Clever L-shaped storage in dark wood with baskets in contrasting gold on top slots neatly under the stairs, to exploit this often under-used space.
Staircase storage and wall colour - deborahlyall

This is an example of a contemporary basement in London.

An under garden basement. This photo shows the main party space - integrated bunk beds and club-style banquette seating. Designed for kids and adults to enjoy!
Everything about the colors and arrangement and furniture - cuddlesandco_interior

Inspiration for a basement in Sussex.

Kung Saunas AG
Inspiration for a basement in Sussex.

Photo of a large classic fully buried basement in London with beige walls and carpet.

Photo of a large classic fully buried basement in London with beige walls and carpet.
Wine cellar in background - lucasconnolly23

Inspiration for a large contemporary basement in London.

Photography by Darren Chung
Inspiration for a large contemporary basement in London.
Pool/spa/landscape - hafsie

Medium sized contemporary fully buried basement in London with purple walls, medium hardwood flooring and no fireplace.

Cheville plank smoked and finished in a metallic oil. The metallic finish reflects the light, so you see different tones at different times of the day, or depending on how the light is hitting it. The client specified Versailles tile in the reception room, planks in the basement, and clad the staircase in the same wood with a matching nosing. Everything matched perfectly, we offer any design in any colour at Cheville. Each block is hand finished in a hard wax oil. Compatible with under floor heating. Blocks are engineered, tongue and grooved on all 4 sides, supplied pre-finished. Cheville also finished the bespoke staircase in a matching colour.
in one of the darker areas of the house you may want a media or storage wall - you can place media within highly lit spaces although sometimes this stops you from seeing the picture very clearly... - jamie_robertson1082199

Small contemporary fully buried basement in London with grey walls and no fireplace.

Small contemporary fully buried basement in London with grey walls and no fireplace.
Uses all available space without feeling cluttered - tracey_austyn

Photo of an expansive contemporary fully buried basement in London with white walls, light hardwood flooring, no fireplace and beige floors.

Design of a big bespoke joinery unit in light grey with use of a bold yellow for the sliding panels. Little Greene Paint colours. Photo Chris Snook

Photo of a modern basement in London.

Photo of a modern basement in London.
Love that carpet for bedroom - haroon_gajra

This is an example of a modern basement in London.

Above Winter Garden View
This is an example of a modern basement in London.

This is an example of a medium sized traditional basement in London with grey walls, medium hardwood flooring, a stone fireplace surround, a standard fireplace and brown floors.

Basement extension and luxury refurbishment of a house in the heart of South Kensington, Chelsea, London, SW3
This is an example of a medium sized traditional basement in London with grey walls, medium hardwood flooring, a stone fireplace surround, a standard fireplace and brown floors.
calming colours - brierss

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