Basement Design and Layout

Designing a basement can be an intimidating task, but it can also be a fun adventure for a homeowner. Here are a few tips to get you started.

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By: Caroline Shannon-Karasik

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Embarking on a basement design project is like any major home renovation — there are a lot of details to consider. From the layout to the final touches, the options are endless for how a basement can be arranged.

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When it comes to illumination, consider placing basement lights along the perimeter of the space. This design idea makes it appear as though the walls have been pushed outward, making the space look much larger. The same goes for paint choices — use light paint to open up the space.

Remove dated finishes, like old carpet, linoleum and paneling. This doesn't mean you have to tear everything out and start from scratch. Instead, consider making simple updates, like painting the paneling or placing new tiles over old linoleum flooring.

If you are considering making your basement a space for guests, then you may want to add a bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette. A basement may also be made into a lounge area with a bar or a playroom in a home with little ones.

Conceal ductwork or ceiling pipes by adding a drop ceiling, and consider building a room around the furnace and breaker box so they are out of sight. Before renovating, be sure to address issues that may affect the quality of the basement, like moisture or an unsafe stairway.

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