Sep 30, 2011

Basement Renovation

Living in SoCal, basement is not common but the idea is definitely quite intriguing. Anyhoo, my brain began to wonder when a friend and I discussed basement ideas for his home. So what to do with a basement??? My immediate reaction is to turn a basement into an entertainment room with a small section for wine storage. Another friend has a movie room which will be pretty cool in the basement but that is rather restrictive because the room is literally only good for movie watching with a 200 inch screen and 4 captain leather chairs. A well planned space should be multi-functional as we the normal folks don't live in palatial size homes.  Another idea, which never even entered my head, is to turn a basement into income property if the said basement has a separate entrance. Renting out a basement apartment can certain bring in extra income without disturbing one's normal life and routine.  Guy pal said basement can be a great "man cave" with a well stocked bar and a pool table. For me, if I am remodeling a basement, the space will be simple, and comfortable, with a touch of flair.
 first two images via savvy supporter: ronamag.ca

A perfect space for me will be a cross between these two basements, elegant charm with easy comfort. I love white furniture pieces but entertainment area should be low maintenance and more dirt resistant. I want  my guests to be comfortable.

collage by me, last two images via Room & Board

For a basement space, I will start with wood or stone floor for easy cleanup. For wall color, I would pick a soft neutral color to aid relaxation. For furniture, I like pieces that offer classic style which are timeless. Since it is a relaxing space, guests should be able to sit down, lie back, and stretch out their legs with a drink in their hands. I adore Noguchi table, but it is sorta iffy because I don't know if I want my guest to put their feet up on that glass table top. 
Now, this leather ottomans as a coffee table will be easy to maintain and offers additional seating for a cozy chat. There is so much potential for a well planned basement.  The possibilities are endless, only limited by one's imagination.  How will you utilize a basement?

10 comments:

  1. We've been thinking about this for a while. My husband wants a work space to do projects, then we need an entertainment area like you were describing, then a kitchenette, dinette, bathroom, and playspace, plus a storage room. Too bad we don't have room for all this!

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  2. I'm actually about to get working on my own basement--thanks for the ideas!!

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  3. love black and white decor!!!

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  4. I love the B&W room set up. I am in the process of helping my sister (the interior decorator of the fam) spruce up my grandma's basement into a cool/retro play room for us all to hang in when we visit.

    These are great ideas.

    Diego
    www.howtozipyourfly.com

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  5. I am totally smitten with that black leather day bed!
    Gorgeous post, darling!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  6. Those are all great ideas! I wouldn't know which one to choose. At least you have options! Have a great weekend!
    http://sassyuptownchic.blogspot.com/
    SassyUptownChic xoxo Kim

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  7. Love these room ideas! I would love my house to look like the second picture.

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  8. A chic and easy-to-maintain-and-to-slouch-around basement sounds tempting. I like the first modern atmosphere. I'd invite gal pals for a girls night in, fix up some Cosmos, little salty finger food and marshmallows.

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  9. We don't have one, but if we did I'd probably go with the man cave option so there would be a place for my husband's huge TV and all the other electronics he'd like lol.

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  10. It's better to make the basement office,gym,hangout,study room,theatre rather making it as a bed room. If anyone is remodeling the basement then its better to contact with an expert to get best basement ideas.

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