9 Basement Transformations for Your Next Remodel

Additions and Remodels
By Alex Mikayelyan September 15, 2021

Using the basement as nothing more than an underground storage unit is a waste of potential. Meanwhile, there is a myriad of creative ways you can use your basements, turning an otherwise drab and musty underground into a cozy, fun, and practical addition to the house.

Basements can be transformed into additional dwelling units for guests, underground private movie theaters, and other wondrous spaces. So, if a basement remodel is next on your list, consider taking a look at a few design ideas to discover its potential destiny.

1. Walkout or Daylight Basement

The Perks of Having a Walkout Basement

The Perks of Having a Walkout Basement

If you have the opportunity to change up the layout of your basement and have easy access to the outside, it’s the perfect opportunity to create a walkout (or daylight) basement. Basements are typically built underground with either stairs or a garage door as access points to ground zero. A daylight basement is one that opens up to the ground floor of your home, giving you direct access to the basement from the outside as well.

This has several advantages, with the biggest being more light and air. Basements have that distinctly unpleasant smell as a result of little to no air circulation. And because they are mostly underground, they barely get any natural light. Opening up to the ground floor fills the basement with more natural light, making it a more hospitable room for different purposes. Next time you’re framing a basement, consider giving the daylight layout a shot. 

2. Comfy Guest Room

How to Create a Cozy Guest Room In a Basement

How to Create a Cozy Guest Room In a Basement

You can always make room on the couch for guests to sleep on when they’re visiting for a few days. But this is not always very comfortable and can make their stay quite unpleasant. Instead, if you have the space to work with, you can give them an entire room where they can sleep comfortably to their heart’s content and feel at home.

Guest rooms can be built pretty much anywhere in the house, but basements offer their own set of benefits. They are perfect for guests who want to have a little privacy during their stay yet close enough to gather in the hub of the house at any time. It is just secluded enough to give your guests the space they need to walk around in their undergarments, but not so closed off that your guests feel isolated. 

Because basements are by nature quite dark, you want to compensate by incorporating as many comfortable features as possible. Install a big, fluffy bed, cushioned furniture, and as many other amenities that a normal bedroom would have. It is also important to add plenty of lighting so the room is bright enough. Consider this factor during basement remodeling and speak with your electrician and interior designer to see which lighting fixtures and layouts would work best. 

3. Contemporary Luxury Lounge

How to Turn Your Basement Into a Space for Relaxation

How to Turn Your Basement Into a Space for Relaxation

After a long day at work, few rooms can help you relax better than an at-home lounge. Contemporary home lounges come with all the usual amenities, from comfortable furnishings to serene vibes. With the added elements of modern minimalist design you have yourself a room that upgrades your entire house. 

The basement is the perfect room for a lounge as it is quiet and separate from all the commotion that takes place in the house itself. With extra insulation in the basement wall panels, you can relax with a bit of noise cancellation as well.

A basement lounge will do best with neutral colors instead of a moody palette to compensate for the lack of light. More nuanced lighting that isn’t too bright can also help create a calming atmosphere. This will ensure that you do not overburden your eyes and make it easier for you to relax. 

4. Mid-Century Modern Kitchen

Build An Additional Room for Hosting Parties or Hanging Out

Build An Additional Room for Hosting Parties or Hanging Out

Some of the best basement renovation ideas focus on functionality and there are few rooms more functional than the kitchen. Having a big dinner party means that the kitchen is going to be the busiest room in the house. Even if you have a big horseshoe kitchen layout with plenty of space in the center for people to walk through, the increased foot traffic is not going to let you prep and cook in peace. 

This is why creating another kitchen in your basement can greatly reduce traffic in the main kitchen and will give you some breathing room. While the basement renovation cost for this sort of project can be a little higher than other basement transformations, it is worth it if you can spare the time and resources. An extra kitchen is a huge plus and gives you a major advantage for your next dinner party, regardless of headcount. It also gives you an extra room to host gatherings, which is especially nice if the gathering could do with a little more privacy.

5. Sleek Recreation Room

Make the Basement the Perfect Place for Party Games

Make the Basement the Perfect Place for Party Games

Having a sleek rec room in the basement is going to make your home a great venue for fun evenings with friends and loved ones alike. People enjoy having something to do even if they are just visiting for a few hours and a basement pool room is always a crowd-pleaser. 

Basement renovations, like renovations in general, are a great opportunity to try new things. While aesthetic uniformity in your interior can go a long way towards creating a coherent look in your home, with the basement you have the freedom to consider a very different style altogether. Make your recreation room stand out. This will add some character to the basement and make the room feel more unique.

6. Bright Living Room

Increase Home Value With an Additional Living Space

Increase Home Value With an Additional Living Space

A beautiful living room can feel like a home away from home, or rather a home under a home. If you have guests over and your living room is too crowded, you can take a little break from all the commotion and retreat to your basement living room. Having an extra living space complete with a comfortable sofa set, bookcases, and TV gives you more places to relax without having to worry about guests coming over or fighting for the remote.

When designing the living room, try focusing (again) on making the interior brighter. You can accomplish this by incorporating brighter shades of your favorite colors. Sky blue, for example, is a great choice, since it can add some much-needed light to the basement. 

7. Classic Hearth Room

Install a Fireplace to Up the Cozy Factor In Your Basement

Install a Fireplace to Up the Cozy Factor In Your Basement

As fireplaces became more common in living rooms, the hearth room lost its footing as a staple of modern home design. But there has been a resurgence of hearth rooms which are today being used as lounges or cozy family rooms, without the sound of a TV or other gadgets to interfere. 

What better place to have a hearth room than in the basement, where it is already quieter than in the rest of the house? Now turning a part of the basement into a hearth room is not all that easy. Most basements do not have a fireplace nor do they allow for access to the chimney. So to make this remodel happen you will need to get into contact with a fireplace specialist who can build one in the basement and link it to the rest of the chimney.

Since the room is quite a classic feature of more traditional homes, designing it with plenty of features, wood textures, and leather cushioned seats is an organic way to go. It may not match the rest of your interior design if you happen to have more contemporary features, but since the hearth room is in the basement you won’t have to worry about it juxtaposing the interior. You can of course fuse the form with more modern themes and give your intimate hearth room any aesthetic you desire.

8. Home Movie Theater

How to Achieve a Cinematic Escape from the Comfort of Your Home

How to Achieve a Cinematic Escape from the Comfort of Your Home

This is one of the most popular ways of sprucing up a basement. While you can always turn it into a general rec room that comes with a corner to watch your favorite films and shows, this will not give you that complete movie theater experience. For that, you need to dedicate a lot more space and a few extra design features that will bring the movie theater into your basement.

Insulated wahoo walls and a big empty surface are a good place to start. The walls will keep any extra reverberating sounds from breaking your suspension of disbelief and the large surface can serve as the projection screen. Of course, if budget allows, you can implement a screen of varying complexity and cost. Try to limit the lighting in your basement cinema to just the necessary illumination. Add-on ideas are endless: from silent massage chairs to a wet bar, to a plush sectional for snuggling up.

9. Functional Home Gym

Turn Your Basement Into Your Personal Gym

Turn Your Basement Into Your Personal Gym

Pumping iron and making those gains does not have to be limited to the gym. You can easily exercise at home using basic fitness equipment, like dumbbells, tension rope, and even big jugs of water that you can use as weights. But what if you’re in the mood for something more advanced than that? Wouldn’t you have to go to the gym to get access to all those awesome machines that help you get ripped?

Well, even if you’re kinder to yourself and all you need for your workout is a mat and a few plants, building a gym in your basement for all your exercise needs is a great conversion to consider. Most consider having a home gym a luxury, as this is usually envisioned as a room you would have to add on. But if you’ve got the space under your feet, say goodbye to shared locker rooms, carrying around a big gym bag, foreign body odor, and the noise of the world. A gym is among the most in-demand basement remodel ideas as more homeowners want to save both time and energy and meet their yogic/cardio needs from home.

Written by
Alex Mikayelyan

Written by Alex Mikayelyan