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Willowsford at the Greens-Charlton Model Home
Willowsford at the Greens-Charlton Model Home
Laura Bendik Interiors
Maxine Schnitzer
Inspiration for a cottage basement remodel in DC Metro
Asian Inspired - New Basement Addition
Asian Inspired - New Basement Addition
McCutcheon Construction Inc.
The new stairs, landing, cantilevered shelves and guest room. Robert Vente Photographer
Mid-sized elegant look-out concrete floor and brown floor basement photo in San Francisco with white walls and no fireplace
Newport Waterfront
Newport Waterfront
Blackband Design
Game Room
Inspiration for a huge coastal walk-out light wood floor and beige floor basement remodel in Orange County with white walls
Basement Bar & Gameroom
Basement Bar & Gameroom
Superior Custom Homes & Remodeling
Home Pix Media
Trendy underground beige floor basement photo in Nashville with gray walls
Riverside Cliffs 3
Riverside Cliffs 3
Ence Homes
This walkout home is inviting as your enter through eight foot tall doors. The hardwood floor throughout enhances the comfortable spaciousness this home provides with excellent sight lines throughout the main floor. Feel comfortable entertaining both inside and out with a multi-leveled covered patio connected to a game room on the lower level, or run away to your secluded private covered patio off the master bedroom overlooking stunning panoramas of red cliffs and sunsets. You will never be lacking for storage as this home comes fully equipped with two walk-in closets and a storage room in the basement. This beautifully crafted home was built with your family in mind. Jeremiah Barber
Modern Masterpiece - Omaha, NE
Modern Masterpiece - Omaha, NE
Eurowood Cabinets, Inc
Custom Cabinetry by Eurowood Cabinets. Photography by Amoura Productions.
Example of a trendy basement design in Omaha with beige walls
Modern Rustic Home
Modern Rustic Home
K & K Interiors, LLC
Inspiration for a large transitional underground light wood floor and beige floor basement game room remodel in Other with beige walls and no fireplace
Brilliant Basement Makeover
Brilliant Basement Makeover
Seriously Happy Homes
This huge sectional from West Elm (it’s 13 feet long!!) gives plenty of seating and fills the space. It turned out that the cats liked the new sofa as much as the humans… not good. So the homeowner brilliantly layered a few Mexican blankets and a sheepskin over the cushions and arms of the sofa to protect it from the cats, and inadvertently added a level of bohemian texture and pattern to the room that is absolutely fantastic!
Suburban Farmhouse Basement
Suburban Farmhouse Basement
Sicora Design/Build
Example of a cottage basement design in Minneapolis
Modern Dublin Basement
Modern Dublin Basement
reStyled by Valerie
LUXUDIO
Large urban underground concrete floor and multicolored floor basement photo in Columbus with brown walls
Basement Finish Powell Ohio
Basement Finish Powell Ohio
Third Space Builders, LLC.
Basement - mid-sized rustic look-out medium tone wood floor and gray floor basement idea in Columbus with beige walls and no fireplace
Built-in Media Center
Built-in Media Center
Tailored Living of North Indianapolis
Basement media center in white finish and raised panel doors
Inspiration for a mid-sized transitional underground carpeted and beige floor basement remodel in Indianapolis with gray walls and no fireplace
Buckman Basement
Buckman Basement
Hammer & Hand
Referred to inside H&H as “the basement of dreams,” this project transformed a raw, dark, unfinished basement into a bright living space flooded with daylight. Working with architect Sean Barnett of Polymath Studio, Hammer & Hand added several 4’ windows to the perimeter of the basement, a new entrance, and wired the unit for future ADU conversion. This basement is filled with custom touches reflecting the young family’s project goals. H&H milled custom trim to match the existing home’s trim, making the basement feel original to the historic house. The H&H shop crafted a barn door with an inlaid chalkboard for their toddler to draw on, while the rest of the H&H team designed a custom closet with movable hanging racks to store and dry their camping gear. Photography by Jeff Amram.
Bouldin Creek Residence
Bouldin Creek Residence
Restructure Studio
Michael Hsu
Large urban look-out carpeted and gray floor basement photo in Austin with gray walls and no fireplace
Manor
Manor
Lisa Gabrielson Design
Lauren Rubinstein
Example of a huge country walk-out medium tone wood floor basement design in Atlanta with white walls and a standard fireplace
Basement Bar and LEGO room
Basement Bar and LEGO room
Board & Vellum
A custom built room for LEGO storage also provides a backdrop for a Media Room and a nearby bar. John Wilbanks Photography
Basement - transitional underground basement idea in Seattle with gray walls, no fireplace and a bar
Gull Lake Residence "Highfield"
Gull Lake Residence "Highfield"
Ashley Cole Design
Who wouldn't want a custom boat bar in the lower level of their lake home? Concept by Visbeen Associates. Built by Carlson Design. Photo by: Ashley Cole
Medina Basement Remodel
Medina Basement Remodel
Hurst Design Build Remodeling
Darren Sinnett
Inspiration for a transitional basement remodel in Cleveland
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
Comfortable Cave
Comfortable Cave
Luther Paul Weber AIA, Architect
Basement - mid-sized rustic walk-out dark wood floor and gray floor basement idea in DC Metro with gray walls and no fireplace
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 116,810 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Restructure Studio and Ashley Cole Design. 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.