First, prepare to face typical basement challenges head-on:
Make a plan. Think about the different areas you may want to include for your family (and guests). "Dream big and create a design vision board," says Patrick. On a poster board, display your favorite ideas from home design magazine along with paint chips in exciting colors. ("A bright, cheery color will add lots of personality to your basement," says Patrick.)
Family room. You'll want lots of cozy seating and storage for your family's favorite things. "Multi-functional furniture is the way to go," says Patrick. "Look for benches with storage, cubicles with baskets and tall bookshelves."
Entertaining. When guests visit or spend the night, they need a place to sleep as well as a full bathroom. A kitchenette (with a microwave drawer, under-counter refrigerator and sink with disposal) is a great addition for adult and adolescent guests alike.
Office. A basement office provides privacy you might not get anywhere else the house. Consider walling off one area away from the rest of the basement's functional areas. (Make sure your Wi-Fi reaches or you're otherwise connected.)
Laundry room. Many families opt to keep this task in the basement and out of the main living areas. Make it an appealing space that will make the chore less dreadful.
Media room. Gamers and movie lovers will appreciate space with a large screen, comfortable seats and exciting surround sound.
Workout room. Putting a home gym in the basement is a great way to free-up the main living area (and it's a great way to "get away from it all").
Playroom. Finally! A place to put all of those toys!
Storage. Consider building in closets for seasonal decorations, winter coats, sports equipment and other stuff that's taking up too much space in the house. And make it easy-to-use so you'll be more likely to use it!
By "collecting the family's memorabilia, artwork, old photos and other sentimental items," Davis was able to create the space (below) that incorporates her client's love of sports and travel."
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