Basements come in many shapes, sizes and styles. From daylight and walk-out basements with exterior windows and doors to fully underground basements and cellars, if you are leaving your basement unfinished, you are wasting space under your feet! Your basement doesn't have to be a dark, dingy hole in the ground. With a little help, it can be an open, inviting and fabulous space where you love to hang out and entertain.
Basement Finishing Wishlist Tips
Add Some Fun Design Elements
Your basement doesn't have to be an ugly, neglected room during your home improvement project. Make your basement an extension of your home's interior design style. Whether that style is ultra light and feminine, dark and homey for movie night or utilitarian for family and friends to wallow in, your basement doesn't have to be the storage room for old neglected electronics and hand-me-down furniture.
We love this fireplace and mantle pairing from a recent project in Montgomery County and how it really brightens up even the darkest of rooms. When natural light is sparse, as it is in many basements, adding brighter elements and canned lights that don't take up a lot of space can help any basement dazzle - especially with some beautiful tile work!
Get Creative With Storage
Getting rid of clutter is one of the top ways homeowners can transform their uninvitingly drab basement.
Clearing the clutter and having designated storage spaces help keep your basement looking and feeling clean, no matter what you use it for. Whether your basement serves as a play area for the kids, an office for working from home, a great place for movie night or an overall second living area, it's easy to create a mess and leave it because the basement is hidden from the rest of the house.
When space is limited in your basement, look for creative ways to store your extra blankets, toys, electronics and more! We love how the family at the Wheathshef project maximized a frequently unused space in many unfinished basements... underneath the staircase!
Pay Attention to Your Basement's Entryway
When you are proud of your finished basement and you don't feel like you have to hide it away from guests, you will definitely want to dress up your basement's entryway. Many homes in our Bucks County and Montgomery County neighborhoods have their unfinished basements closed off from the rest of the house behind closed doors.
Don't hide your fabulous basement! Create a beautiful staircase that matches the design of the rest of your home to continue your style from floor to floor. Having a more open staircase makes your basement feel more like it's a part of your house and less of an afterthought. Make sure you have good lighting in and around any staircases, entryways and halls since you may not be able to rely on natural light.
What do you think of the Collins Project's take on this idea?
Find a Basement Contractor That Works with Your Needs
Do you want your finished basement to stand out? This basement bar was designed, built and now used by our very own lead carpenter, Eric Tilghman. Find a contractor who loves what they do and will work with you to create the basement of your dreams.
Whether you want your basement to be a family-friendly hangout area, a man cave for the guys, a feminine creative space or a multi-purpose floor for guests, friends and family to use, make sure you work with a reputable contractor who will help you create the perfect space under your feet.
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