If it feels like your home is bursting at the seams, renovating your basement to include a bedroom, bathroom, or kitchenette might be the solution to finding more space without building an addition.
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Got a finished basement in need of an update? Try painting over the wood paneling. Here, large blocks of wall were taped off, then painted complementary colors.
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Think functionality for any type of lower-level entertaining space. Will you serve family dinners in the basement or just a few drinks to friends? Do you only need a refrigerator to hold beer during the football game or is a full bar more your style? Whatever you decide, renovate your space accordingly, making sure everything you need (including stemware, snack bowls, and wine) is right at your fingertips.
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Embrace the Dark Side
Use the lack of natural light in your basement to your advantage by creating a dramatic space with modern wood paneling and stone.
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Plan to add several new light fixtures to your renovated basement to combat darkness in the space. Recessed lighting unobtrusively shines on work areas and pendent lamps provide more direct illumination.
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Choose Your Style
If you decorate your home all in one style, why not try something different in your soon-to-be-renovated space? Here, a steel pole supporting the display case and brushed nickel hardware create a contemporary, streamlined style.
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An open shower may not be practical in a high-traffic main level, but here, in the more secluded basement bathroom, you can take risks. The stone used in the divider wall and shower stall adds sophistication.
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A walkout basement yields plenty of opportunities for creating a space you wouldn't know was once underground. Here, contemporary design is used to match the lack of architectural elements in the space. Artwork and a built-in display shelf are striking enough on their own.
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In another walkout basement, French doors take full advantage of the natural light and outdoor view. An outdoor room extension seems a proper use of the space.
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Use Every Corner
A counter backed against a staircase wisely uses what could have been dead wall space. Before installing a counter, ask yourself if you'll need a small refrigerator, a dishwasher, or just a place to store extra dishes. Let your answers guide the type of counter you install.
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A Suitable Welcome
Placing the guest room in the basement is a win-win situation. Nobody gets bumped from their bedroom, and guests are far enough away from the main level that they don't feel like intruders. Plus, you gain the convenience of an extra bathroom.
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Cabinets devoted to holding stemware save you from storing the less-used items in the main-level kitchen. Pull-out drawers in the cabinets ensure that every inch of storage space is easily accessed.
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Basements, which are cooler and darker than above-ground rooms, are a natural choice for storing wine. Take advantage of blank wall space and install these angular wine bottle shelves.