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Basement Ideas and Designs

Cavendish Road House Renovation
Cavendish Road House Renovation
Juliet Murphy Photography
Juliet Murphy Photography
Inspiration for a medium sized contemporary fully buried basement in London with white walls, light hardwood flooring and beige 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.
New Build by Natural Angle, private residence
New Build by Natural Angle, private residence
Natural Angle
Viscon White Granite bespoke bar-top. Materials supplied by Natural Angle including Marble, Limestone, Granite, Sandstone, Wood Flooring and Block Paving.
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.
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.
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.
X Factor House
X Factor House
Pennington Phillips
Photo of a medium sized modern look-out basement in London with beige walls, light hardwood flooring and brown floors.
Bay House, SW London
Bay House, SW London
Malone Architecture
Chris Murphy, ViewMedia
Inspiration for a contemporary look-out basement in London with white walls and white floors.
New Build by Stone Republic, private residence of Mr John P
New Build by Stone Republic, private residence of Mr John P
Natural Angle
Star White Split Face Marble Wall Tiles from Stone Republic. Materials supplied by Stone Republic including Marble, Sandstone, Granite, Wood Flooring and Block Paving.
Elvaston Mews
Elvaston Mews
Clarisford
Photo of a large traditional basement in London with beige walls.
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.
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.
Minneapolis Lower Level
Minneapolis Lower Level
Lake Country Builders
Inspiration for a classic basement in Minneapolis.
Basement Finishing Project
Basement Finishing Project
De Groot Construction Co.
Traditional basement in Chicago with grey walls, dark hardwood flooring and brown floors.
Family Basement Finish
Family Basement Finish
Graham & McCormack Design LLC
Hallway Space in Basement
Design ideas for a medium sized scandinavian fully buried basement in Denver with beige walls, light hardwood flooring, beige floors, a drop ceiling and tongue and groove walls.
Old Westbury Wine Cellar
Old Westbury Wine Cellar
Chango & Co.
Interior Design, Interior Architecture, Construction Administration, Custom Millwork & Furniture Design by Chango & Co. Photography by Jacob Snavely
Inspiration for an expansive traditional fully buried basement in New York with grey walls, dark hardwood flooring and a ribbon fireplace.
Liberty Lake Basement Wet Bar
Liberty Lake Basement Wet Bar
Kimberlee Kristine
Photo of a medium sized classic walk-out basement in Seattle with grey walls, laminate floors, a standard fireplace, a stone fireplace surround and brown floors.
Loft-Like Basement Renovation
Loft-Like Basement Renovation
Wentworth, Inc.
Basement reconfigure and remodel
Design ideas for a contemporary look-out basement in DC Metro with white walls, no fireplace and grey 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.

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.

Whether you want inspiration for planning a basement renovation or are building a designer basement from scratch, Houzz has 116,637 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Lake Country Builders and Malone Architecture. 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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