Basement Ideas and Designs

Black House
Black House
Adrian James Architects
David Fisher at Fisher Studios Black House beton brut basement
Photo of an urban basement in Oxfordshire with concrete flooring, grey walls and grey floors.
East Villas
East Villas
MH Costa Construction Ltd
Design ideas for a traditional basement in London with white walls, medium hardwood flooring, no fireplace, brown floors, panelled walls and wood walls.
Kensington Terrace
Kensington Terrace
Tollgard Design Group
This is an example of a large contemporary fully buried basement in London with a home cinema, grey walls, light hardwood flooring and beige floors.
New Home Renovation Project
New Home Renovation Project
Stephanie Hayes
Design ideas for an industrial basement.
Beautiful home in SW3
Beautiful home in SW3
Domus Nova
Scandinavian basement in London.
Highgate House - boot room
Highgate House - boot room
A New Day - Interior Design Studio
The boot room, painted with half height gloss green walls for practicality and impact.
This is an example of a small traditional basement in London with green walls.
Ultimate Man Cave
Ultimate Man Cave
Rae Duncan Interior Design | RDID
Cynthia Lynn
Photo of a large traditional fully buried basement in Chicago with no fireplace, grey walls, dark hardwood flooring and brown floors.
Chan Basement
Chan Basement
Knight Construction Design Inc.
Design ideas for a medium sized classic walk-out basement in Minneapolis with grey walls and carpet.
Basement Home Theater and Workout Gym
Basement Home Theater and Workout Gym
FBC Remodel
©Finished Basement Company
Photo of a large classic look-out basement in Denver with grey walls, medium hardwood flooring, no fireplace, beige floors and a home cinema.
Sports Fan Dream Basement in Northern Virginia
Sports Fan Dream Basement in Northern Virginia
Metro Building and Remodeling Group LLC
Photographer: Bob Narod
This is an example of a large classic fully buried basement in DC Metro with brown floors, laminate floors and multi-coloured walls.
Industrial Chic Sports Enthusiast's Basement
Industrial Chic Sports Enthusiast's Basement
c|s DESIGN STUDIO LLC
Bob Narod
Traditional walk-out basement in DC Metro with beige walls and beige floors.
Innovative Inspiration
Innovative Inspiration
Creative Design Construction, Inc.
Inspiration for a large contemporary fully buried basement in New York with dark hardwood flooring, grey walls and brown floors.
Classical Shingle
Classical Shingle
Jan Gleysteen Architects, Inc
Photography by Richard Mandelkorn
Classic look-out basement in Boston with grey walls, carpet and no fireplace.
Liberty Lake Basement Wet Bar
Liberty Lake Basement Wet Bar
Kimberlee Kristine
Photo of a medium sized traditional walk-out basement in Seattle with grey walls, laminate floors, a standard fireplace, a stone fireplace surround and brown floors.
Secret Passage
Secret Passage
Custer Homes Inc
Design/Build custom home in Hummelstown, PA. This transitional style home features a timeless design with on-trend finishes and features. An outdoor living retreat features a pool, landscape lighting, playground, outdoor seating, and more.
Downingtown Finished Basement: Theater/Bar Area, Kids Area and Powder Room
Downingtown Finished Basement: Theater/Bar Area, Kids Area and Powder Room
TATCOR Building & Remodeling
Due to the limited space and the budget, we chose to install a wall bar versus a two-level bar front. The wall bar included white cabinetry below a white/grey quartz counter top, open wood shelving, a drop-in sink, beverage cooler, and full fridge. For an excellent entertaining area along with a great view to the large projection screen, a half wall bar height top was installed with bar stool seating for four and custom lighting. The AV projectors were a great solution for providing an awesome entertainment area at reduced costs. HDMI cables and cat 6 wires were installed and run from the projector to a closet where the Yamaha AV receiver as placed giving the room a clean simple look along with the projection screen and speakers mounted on the walls.
Inver Grove Heights Basement
Inver Grove Heights Basement
Carla Bast Design
A cozy home theater for movie nights and relaxing fireplace lounge space are perfect places to spend time with family and friends.
Inspiration for a medium sized classic fully buried basement in Minneapolis with beige walls, carpet and beige floors.
Interior Renovations
Interior Renovations
Legacy Contracting LLC
Medium sized traditional look-out basement in New York with grey walls, laminate floors, no fireplace and brown floors.
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.

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Whether you want inspiration for planning a basement renovation or are building a designer basement from scratch, Houzz has 119,040 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Knight Construction Design Inc. and Creative Design Construction, Inc.. Look through basement photos in different colours 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 ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.
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