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Nicely finished basement with TV, sofa and soft blue walls.I love basements.  For me, it’s all bonus space.  Plus, it’s usually the coolest space in the house temperature-wise.  It’s also casual and for me comfortable.  While I prefer a walk-out basement with windows, I’m fine if the entire thing is submerged underground.



Below is our extensive collection of basement design ideas (photos).


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Large basement family room with TV and fireplace |


Small basement media room with projector TV |


Beautiful basement family room totally refinished with recessed lighting, carpeting and large sofa. |


Finished basement with family room with new sofa and chair. |


Spacious basement bathroom with vanity and tub. |


Basement bedroom with en suite done in gray and white. |


Cozy basement family room with fireplace, recessed lighting and low cost, but stylish furniture. |


Large open basement with bar and tile flooring |


Basement mother-in-law suite with kitchen and dining area. |


Nicely finished basement with TV, sofa and soft blue walls. |


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A modern type of media room built for men with active gaming lifestyle. |

Rooms to put into a basement

As you can see from our basement ideas gallery above, many different types of rooms can be included in a basement.  In our neck of the woods, many people include a suite that they can rent for extra income.  It’s not a bad idea, because if you choose not to rent, you get a kitchen, living room and bathroom.  At the very least it’s a great guest room.

Here’s a list of rooms and ideas for your basement:

  • Rentable suite:  A great idea to generate income.  However, there’s something a bit disconcerting about having a stranger living in your home.
  • Family room:  This is a no-brainer.  The basement is an ideal space for a large, casual family room for watching TV, playing video games or just hanging out.
  • Bar:  Many home bars are situated in the basement.
  • Man cave:  Many man caves, with the home bar, are situated in the basement.
  • Game room:  I love game rooms because I enjoy foosball and table tennis.  I also don’t mind playing pool, but I’m not very good.  Growing up we had an air hockey table and table tennis table.  When our kids are a bit older, I want to get these fun table games… although I’m not sure how much kids play these things these days given all the device options available.
  • Bathroom:  If you’re doing a full scale basement reno, it’s a great idea to include a bathroom, even if it’s just a half bath.
  • Bedroom:  If you don’t want to go full mother-in-law suite, consider a basic bedroom.  Teenagers tend to like residing in basements.  I did growing up and loved it.
  • Exercise space:  With the concrete floor, you have the solid surface for weight lifting.  Just put a viable gym floor surface down and voila, you have a great home gym.
  • Craft/work space:  You can also turn a portion or all the space in a basement into a hobby area, be it for crafting, a shop or model trains… whatever your hobbies are.
  • Home office:  My home office is currently in our walk-out basement.  It’s quite nice and works well for me.

How much do basement renovations cost?

This is one of those impossible reno cost questions.  A full, high-end basement reno can easily cost more than $100,000, especially if you put in a kitchen and bathroom.  On the low end, if can cost a few thousand if you do it yourself and keep it to lower cost rooms such as a basic family room and perhaps a bedroom with no frills.