Finished Basement Tour

Photo tour of a finished basement remodeling project in a Craftsman style home.

Craftsman Style Home Needed a Basement Makeover

Plagued by out-of-date wood paneling and fluorescent lighting, this basement in a historical Minnesota Craftsman-style home was in desperate need of renovation.

Craftsman Style

With a fresh design inspired by existing Arts and Crafts details, the basement now functions as an entertainment space. Reproduction furniture and light fixtures reinforce the Craftsman style.

Arched Doorway

An arched doorway reflects the arc of the built-in wall niche found during demolition. New iridized glass in the doors reflects light from the basement's two windows.

Hiding the Mechanical Units

Giving the basement a finished appearance required some camouflage artistry, including shrouding a steam radiator and other mechanicals behind wood wainscoting and trim. The room's two existing window wells bring in the basement's only natural light.

Shelves and Architectural Details

Demolition revealed this elegant wall arch, which inspired some of the basement's design and allows for generous shelving. A new stencil contributes to the period styling found throughout.

A Home Bar for Entertaining

A wet bar adds extra convenience and utility to the basement. Quartersawn oak cabinetry conceals appliances. Granite countertops provide an upscale look.

"Before" Floor Plan

The old floor plan partitioned the lower level, making the space seem cramped.

"After" Floor Plan

The new floor plan is much more open and welcoming. The owners enjoy their new basement rec area and entertaining bar.

Share the gallery



Better Homes & Gardens may receive compensation when you click through and purchase from links contained on this website.