While most of us opt to create a large open-plan space like a kitchen-diner or playroom, 2019 will be all about making your basement conversion work for you in ways that steal a few ideas from the basements of the rich and the famous. Though a swimming pool or multi-car garage might be out of the question, here are some of the top trends for creating a real wow factor in your basement.
Multipurpose Media Room
The modern media space is much more casual than the home cinemas of old – and more cost-effective too. Comfortable seating, a quality sound system, multi-screens and a wall for a projector are all must-haves. Add computers and fast broadband and plan for plenty of electrical outlets and you can watch movies, stream TV, view sports and get gaming. Don’t forget the kitchenette for preparing snacks during a marathon media session. The beauty of this style of layout is that it doubles as an extra lounge when not in use.
If you have keen musicians in the house, then this is a particularly smart way to use your basement conversion. You’ll need to consider sound-proofing solutions and add extra sockets for electric instruments and lighting for reading music – or maybe just spotlighting your best Rock God poses. Don’t forget comfortable seating for friends and audience, and be considerate in planning ways to integrate your music room with the upstairs living space.
Creating a guest suite for frequent visitors like the in-laws is one of the hottest basement design trends at the moment. If you have the space, a lounge area with kitchenette plus a bedroom with en-suite can be an effective use of space. Otherwise create a comfortable bedroom with luxury en-suite in a smaller basement. You’ll need to carefully consider any additional plumbing and drainage needs and work on adding as much light – preferably natural light – as possible. Consider planning a guest suite that can eventually become a place where parents can ‘age in place’.
Extending under the garden has been popular for a while. It delivers a number of advantages, including separate access and of course opportunities to let natural light flood in. This type of basement is more expensive and requires more planning and commitment because you’ll need to excavate to create an exposed access – this type of basement conversion is ideal if you live on a slope. The good news is that this type of basement can be retrofitted, but be prepared for it to cost more per square metre to create the ultimate wow factor.
From mini home gyms to microbreweries, the opportunities to add usable and interesting space to your home are endless. Put your basement to creative use and you’ll create a multi-purpose living space that benefits you and your family in unexpected ways, whether that’s indulging a hobby or creating the ultimate space for the extended family to enjoy.