5 Ways to Make The Most of Your Basement!

Basements don’t have to be a dark cave of unused space. Shed new light on your dark and  gloomy lower-level by designing a welcoming multi-use space for guests, or the perfect gathering place for special occasions! Here are 5 awesome ideas that will transform your basement from a storage unit for holiday decorations into the ultimate living space!




Are you always inviting the neighbors over for New Year’s parties and Fourth of July BBQs? Then you may consider transforming your empty basement into a space built for hosting! When designing your space, focus on an open concept with lots of space to spare (because no one likes rubbing elbows near the snacks!) and don’t forget a bar top for guests to chat and set down their drink. Choose a material for your bar and workspace that holds up well, such as granite or quartz, to eliminate the stress of spills and stains.





Forget the food, a man cave is the ultimate way to a man’s heart! Give the man in your life a space to call his own with a full-blown entertainment center (72-inch plasma and surround sound included!). Not only does it give him somewhere to retreat for the big game, but it can also double as a movie night spot! Don’t forget the essentials: a fully-stocked bar with a masculine bar top (our recommendation? Slate or Soapstone!),  a comfy couch and a pool table.





Tired of toys and video games cluttering your living area? A basement is the perfect designated spot away from the main-level for the kids to play! We suggest staying away from elaborate themes and sticking to a neutral color palette with bright pops of color and texture, such as bright blue and orange cushions and a decorative marble fireplace. This allows you the option to redecorate with ease once the kids start to grow.





Converting your basement into a second living quarter is not only a cost-effective way to give your guests privacy, but it also adds value to your home! Ideally, an in-law suite should include a kitchen and laundry room, along with living and dining areas, a bedroom, bathroom and closet, but being creative is always a plus. If your basement is completely underground, focus on counteracting the darkness with a neutral color palette, such as a creamy marble or light quartz countertop.





Bring the sports bar home with you by converting a spare room into a space that is ideal for game day! Besides a couple large plasma screens and a few plush chairs with cup holders, you’ll need a fully stocked wet bar. That way you’ll be able to refresh your drink without missing a thing! Bar countertops come in an array of options depending on your budget. Choose a material that is beautiful, yet durable and low-maintenance, such as granite or quartz (because no one wants to be wiping down countertops during the final seconds of a game, right?).




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