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Posted by Melissa Lynn Galland on Oct 12, 2017 11:52:17 AM
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The basement is an easily forgotten and often underutilized space in your home. If you’re just using it for laundry or storage, chances are that you are missing out on a potentially great space that your family would enjoy.

If you are designing a new home, consider these creative ways to use your basement, either now or in the future:

1. A Game Room for the Whole Family

Family time doesn’t have to be centered on a TV or your devices. Convert your basement to a game room that the whole family will enjoy. Arcade games, a dartboard, and a cozy place to play board games can change the way you spend your evening. If you have enough space, you can put in a ping-pong or billiards table.

2. A Playroom for the Kids

Giving younger kids their own space to spread out can make life easier for parents and older children. A playroom in the basement allows kids to build forts, create new worlds, and pull out their toys without making a mess of the entire house or disrupting other family members.

3. A Home Bar for Entertaining

Whether you want to save money by going out less or simply like to be your own mixologist, a home bar in the basement just might be the answer. Entertain guests from the comfort of your own private bar and have another space to hang out in when people are visiting. You can also show off your latest home brew, because the basement offers plenty of space to store supplies and make your own concoctions.

4. A Wine Cellar and Tasting Room

If wine is your passion, transform the basement into a cellar for storage and tasting. Creative wall treatments like stone veneer, warm wood paneling, or even a hand-painted mural can transport you to your favorite wine region just by going down the stairs.

5. An Art Studio for Getting Creative

If you’ve been looking for a place to unleash your creativity, you might need to look no further than your own basement. Installing the right lighting and furnishings can allow you to write, paint, sculpt, or craft with everything you need at your fingertips. With a dedicated space, you don’t have to put all your supplies away in the middle of a project or worry about a messy studio space in the main living areas.

6. A Convenient Exercise Room

Sometimes getting to the gym is just not convenient, even for the most committed fitness enthusiasts. Having an exercise room with features such as large mirrors, a built-in sound system, fitness equipment, and appropriate flooring can make it much easier to stick to your workout routine.

7. Smart Storage Solutions

Even if you do just want to use the basement for storage, you can do it in a way that is organized and efficient. Built-in shelves or cabinets, drawers under the stairs, and appropriate storage containers can transform your basement from a disaster area to an orderly system.

8. A Media Room for Movies

If you’re a movie buff or just like to watch your favorite shows in style, put in a large-screen TV or projector along with comfy seating and a sweet sound system. You can even get a popcorn machine to create the full effect.

9. A Music Room to Keep the Peace

Whether your teenage child just joined a band or you need practice space for violin lessons, the basement can be a great option. You can install acoustic tiles to keep it quiet in other parts of the house, and family members can play without worrying about disturbing others.  

10. A Home Office for Privacy

If you work from home occasionally or all the time, having a private office space might be necessary. Setting up a home office in the basement lets you work in your own way. Use chalkboard paint on the walls to capture your latest ideas or put in a built-in desk and shelves to organize all of your paperwork.

If you are planning to build a new home, think about how you can maximize all of the spaces, including the basement. The design team at Adair Homes is here to help you create a home that matches the needs of every family member. Contact us today to learn more about our custom design services.