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Lower Level Love
Lower Level Love
Meadowlark Design+Build
The large open room was divided into specific usage areas using furniture, a custom made floating media center and a custom carpet tile design. The basement remodel was designed and built by Meadowlark Design Build in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Photography by Sean Carter
Bad$%#s Basement
Bad$%#s Basement
Top Drawer Carpentry LLC
Transitional basement photo in Chicago
Irish Pub Basement in Hatfield, PA
Irish Pub Basement in Hatfield, PA
Meridian Construction
Inspiration for a large timeless look-out basement remodel in Philadelphia with a standard fireplace and a stone fireplace
A Beachy Basement Design Perfect for Entertaining
A Beachy Basement Design Perfect for Entertaining
Amazing Spaces
We started with a blank slate on this basement project where our only obstacles were exposed steel support columns, existing plumbing risers from the concrete slab, and dropped soffits concealing ductwork on the ceiling. It had the advantage of tall ceilings, an existing egress window, and a sliding door leading to a newly constructed patio. This family of five loves the beach and frequents summer beach resorts in the Northeast. Bringing that aesthetic home to enjoy all year long was the inspiration for the décor, as well as creating a family-friendly space for entertaining. Wish list items included room for a billiard table, wet bar, game table, family room, guest bedroom, full bathroom, space for a treadmill and closed storage. The existing structural elements helped to define how best to organize the basement. For instance, we knew we wanted to connect the bar area and billiards table with the patio in order to create an indoor/outdoor entertaining space. It made sense to use the egress window for the guest bedroom for both safety and natural light. The bedroom also would be adjacent to the plumbing risers for easy access to the new bathroom. Since the primary focus of the family room would be for TV viewing, natural light did not need to filter into that space. We made sure to hide the columns inside of newly constructed walls and dropped additional soffits where needed to make the ceiling mechanicals feel less random. In addition to the beach vibe, the homeowner has valuable sports memorabilia that was to be prominently displayed including two seats from the original Yankee stadium. For a coastal feel, shiplap is used on two walls of the family room area. In the bathroom shiplap is used again in a more creative way using wood grain white porcelain tile as the horizontal shiplap “wood”. We connected the tile horizontally with vertical white grout joints and mimicked the horizontal shadow line with dark grey grout. At first glance it looks like we wrapped the shower with real wood shiplap. Materials including a blue and white patterned floor, blue penny tiles and a natural wood vanity checked the list for that seaside feel. A large reclaimed wood door on an exposed sliding barn track separates the family room from the game room where reclaimed beams are punctuated with cable lighting. Cabinetry and a beverage refrigerator are tucked behind the rolling bar cabinet (that doubles as a Blackjack table!). A TV and upright video arcade machine round-out the entertainment in the room. Bar stools, two rotating club chairs, and large square poufs along with the Yankee Stadium seats provide fun places to sit while having a drink, watching billiards or a game on the TV. Signed baseballs can be found behind the bar, adjacent to the billiard table, and on specially designed display shelves next to the poker table in the family room. Thoughtful touches like the surfboards, signage, photographs and accessories make a visitor feel like they are on vacation at a well-appointed beach resort without being cliché.
Architecturally Detailed Basement
Architecturally Detailed Basement
M.J. Whelan Construction
This Milford French country home’s 2,500 sq. ft. basement transformation is just as extraordinary as it is warm and inviting. The M.J. Whelan design team, along with our clients, left no details out. This luxury basement is a beautiful blend of modern and rustic materials. A unique tray ceiling with a hardwood inset defines the space of the full bar. Brookhaven maple custom cabinets with a dark bistro finish and Cambria quartz countertops were used along with state of the art appliances. A brick backsplash and vintage pendant lights with new LED Edison bulbs add beautiful drama. The entertainment area features a custom built-in entertainment center designed specifically to our client’s wishes. It houses a large flat screen TV, lots of storage, display shelves and speakers hidden by speaker fabric. LED accent lighting was strategically installed to highlight this beautiful space. The entertaining area is open to the billiards room, featuring a another beautiful brick accent wall with a direct vent fireplace. The old ugly steel columns were beautifully disguised with raised panel moldings and were used to create and define the different spaces, even a hallway. The exercise room and game space are open to each other and features glass all around to keep it open to the rest of the lower level. Another brick accent wall was used in the game area with hardwood flooring while the exercise room has rubber flooring. The design also includes a rear foyer coming in from the back yard with cubbies and a custom barn door to separate that entry. A playroom and a dining area were also included in this fabulous luxurious family retreat. Stunning Provenza engineered hardwood in a weathered wire brushed combined with textured Fabrica carpet was used throughout most of the basement floor which is heated hydronically. Tile was used in the entry and the new bathroom. The details are endless! Our client’s selections of beautiful furnishings complete this luxurious finished basement. Photography by Jeff Garland Photography
Wellesley Speakeasy
Wellesley Speakeasy
Jordan Custom Carpentry and Remodeling
Example of a classic basement design in Boston
Contemporary Basement Remodel
Contemporary Basement Remodel
Premier Home Builders LLC
Basement - contemporary underground carpeted and beige floor basement idea in New York with beige walls and a ribbon fireplace
Wellesley Remodel
Wellesley Remodel
Carby's Lumber
Basement game room - large transitional underground carpeted basement game room idea in Boston with beige walls and a standard fireplace
Total Remodel (Smart Home)
Total Remodel (Smart Home)
Audio Video Specialists
Andy Mamott
Large trendy look-out dark wood floor and gray floor basement photo in Chicago with gray walls, no fireplace and a bar
2020 Artisan Home Tour
2020 Artisan Home Tour
Housing First Minnesota
2020 Artisan Home Tour Remodeler: Vujovich, Inc. Photo: Landmark Photography • For questions on this project including features or finishes, please reach out to the remodeler of this home.
Tracy Smith LWP Advisory - Modern Farmhouse Remodel
Tracy Smith LWP Advisory - Modern Farmhouse Remodel
Wilson Lighting
Nichole Kennelly Photography
Example of a large cottage underground light wood floor and gray floor basement design in Kansas City with gray walls
White Lake, Michigan
White Lake, Michigan
Finished Basements Plus
Cabinets are from Diamond Cabinets - Vibe collection. Maple wood in the Dark Ale finish. Door style is Tori. Flooring is a wood look vinyl plank, Rustic Oak color. Paint is Sherwin Williams SW6073 Perfect Greige.
Interior Renovations
Interior Renovations
Legacy Contracting LLC
Basement - mid-sized transitional look-out laminate floor and brown floor basement idea in New York with gray walls and no fireplace
Minneapolis Basement
Minneapolis Basement
Excel Builders
Leaving the ceiling as exposed joists adds visual height to the ceiling.
Inspiration for a contemporary basement remodel in Minneapolis
(Sub)urban Man Cave
(Sub)urban Man Cave
saiman design, LLC - Shari Saiman
Linda McManus Images
Basement - mid-sized modern underground porcelain tile and gray floor basement idea in Philadelphia with gray walls and no fireplace
Naperville Basement Remodel 2
Naperville Basement Remodel 2
Matrix Basement Systems, Inc.
Basement - large transitional walk-out vinyl floor and gray floor basement idea in Chicago with gray walls, a ribbon fireplace and a stone fireplace
Contemporary Basement
Contemporary Basement
Basement - mid-sized contemporary walk-out gray floor basement idea in Richmond with white walls and no fireplace
North Ann Arbor Basement Remodel: Home Brewpub
North Ann Arbor Basement Remodel: Home Brewpub
Rochman Design-Build Inc.
In this project, Rochman Design Build converted an unfinished basement of a new Ann Arbor home into a stunning home pub and entertaining area, with commercial grade space for the owners' craft brewing passion. The feel is that of a speakeasy as a dark and hidden gem found in prohibition time. The materials include charcoal stained concrete floor, an arched wall veneered with red brick, and an exposed ceiling structure painted black. Bright copper is used as the sparkling gem with a pressed-tin-type ceiling over the bar area, which seats 10, copper bar top and concrete counters. Old style light fixtures with bare Edison bulbs, well placed LED accent lights under the bar top, thick shelves, steel supports and copper rivet connections accent the feel of the 6 active taps old-style pub. Meanwhile, the brewing room is splendidly modern with large scale brewing equipment, commercial ventilation hood, wash down facilities and specialty equipment. A large window allows a full view into the brewing room from the pub sitting area. In addition, the space is large enough to feel cozy enough for 4 around a high-top table or entertain a large gathering of 50. The basement remodel also includes a wine cellar, a guest bathroom and a room that can be used either as guest room or game room, and a storage area.
Waller Basement
Waller Basement
Creating Space, Inc.
Todd DiFiore
Inspiration for a large cottage look-out medium tone wood floor and brown floor basement remodel in Atlanta with beige walls
Highlands Ranch Basement
Highlands Ranch Basement
Basement Edge
No detail was missed in creating this elegant family basement. Features include stone fireplace with alder mantle, custom built ins, and custom site built redwood wine rack.
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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 122,358 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Meadowlark Design+Build and Premier Home Builders 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.