With advances in media technology, time spent at home with family and friends often centers on watching a movie or sports event and “cocooning”, especially on a cold winter night. Basements can provide extra informal living space for TV viewing and relaxation, and have risen to a new level in today’s homes: The Basement Home Theater.
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Have you ever wished for a second kitchen to store items you use for entertaining along with extra appliances and a sink for preparing food? If you’re planning a basement remodel, you may find the extra space you need. When designing a lower level living space, think of a basement kitchen, kitchenette or bar area the same way you would if you were remodeling the primary kitchen of a home. The elements include appliances, cabinet storage, a sink, counters, lighting, electrical outlets and flooring.
Many of us have collections of things that we love in our homes. Collections of art, sports memorabilia, travel souvenirs, wine, etc. can grow and may be worthy of display in a special place. An Anderson, Ohio couple embraced their British heritage with a vast collection of English pub artifacts and antiques which lead to a unique basement remodeling project that transformed the lower level of their home into an authentic English pub.
Do you feel as though you need more living space in your home? The solution could be a basement multipurpose room.
If you have a growing family, love to entertain, have a hobby that requires space or need a place to work or work out, you may be finding that there just isn’t enough space in your home. An unfinished basement may provide the extra living space you need.
A basement can provide the room we need for things that can’t be accommodated in the primary living space of a home. For example, is your living room too small for a large flat screen television with surround-sound? Or is your sewing machine taking up space in your dining room or a guest bedroom? Are the kid’s toys everywhere? Has a special collection outgrown the space in your family room? The extra space you need may be just below your main floor.
People tend to get creative when planning a basement remodeling project and will add features that reflect their interests and lifestyles. Gone are the days of paneled walls, suspended ceilings, glaring florescent lights, remnants of linoleum and felted rugs. Basement living space is an extension of the upper level of a home. A typical basement remodeling project can involve enclosing mechanicals, adding walls to a 20-by-30 foot unfinished space, adding a 5-by-8 foot bathroom with toilet, sink and shower, recessed lighting, laminate flooring and adding a wet bar.
A family room can be an asset in any home. Family rooms are casual living spaces designed around the social and recreational needs of homeowners.