Basement Design Ideas
Can I add an underground extension to my home?
The most suitable blocks for underground rooms are those on a sloping site, because they allow for adequate ventilation and natural light. The ability to excavate under your home is also largely dependant on the type of soil your home sits on and water drainage. For this reason, it’s important that you speak to a home builder who has experience in building sub-ground living spaces. Some homes may already have an underfloor area that is going unused, in which case it can be deepened or extended to utilise the space.
What should I use my basement for?
Essentially an attached extension to your home, a basement is perfect for additional living, recreational and utility rooms. It could, however, also provide you with an entirely separate, self-contained annexe or apartment. Popular basement conversions include media rooms, wine cellars and storage rooms, but more exciting (and luxurious) transformations have included indoor swimming pools, sports courts and drive-in garages. The most practical are additional bedrooms or bathrooms, especially if you have a growing family or regularly accommodate guests.
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We like the idea of a fire feature below but with a counter top above, cabinets on either side below and shelves or wine racks. - jennifer_ogasiansibley
The new basement is the ultimate multi-functional space. A bar, foosball table, dartboard, and glass garage door with direct access to the back provide endless entertainment for guests; a cozy seating area with a whiteboard and pop-up television is perfect for Mike's work training sessions (or relaxing!); and a small playhouse and fun zone offer endless possibilities for the family's son, James.