2018 Top Trends in Basement Design (Continued)
4. In-Law Suites
Creating an extra bedroom for the in-laws in the basement is all well and good. But for families where in-laws visit often, you might want to go bigger. One of the hottest basement design trends for 2018 involves creating full guest suites for in-laws. Of course, the size and complexity of such a suite will depend on your budget and available basement space.
A basic suite generally includes the bedroom and a bathroom on-suite. Something a bit more generous would perhaps include a lounge area alongside the bedroom or a morning bar close to the bathroom. If you have a really large basement, you could design a full suite with a living room, kitchenette, multiple bedrooms and state of the art bathroom(s).
In-law suites are a great idea if your family comes to visit often or for an extended time. This gives everyone a comfortable place to stay with enough room and privacy. Or you might possibly have loved ones interested in “aging in place”. Why not invite them in and create a new home.
5. Walkout Basements
A walkout basement is different because not all of it is foundation walls are submerged underground. This feature is great for homes built on a sloping lot or hillside, meaning that only part of the basement is submerged under the ground. The advantage of such a basement is that it receives more natural light and can be accessed directly from the outside.
But even the traditional submerged basement can be remodeled into something similar. In fact, a walkout basement is one of the emerging basement design trends for 2018. It requires a lot of planning and you might need local permission, but the results are nothing short of amazing.
Renovating your basement into a walkout basement involves exposing one side of it such that you can build a door and windows facing the exterior. In addition to being able to access your basement from the outside, more natural light will stream in, turning your dark and damp area into viable living space. If you were planning to sell, this can seriously boost the value of your home.
The most important thing is to work with a skilled and experienced contractor who can ensure safety and the best quality work.
6. Home Brewery or Mini Pub
If a bar area is too small for you, why not set up a home basement brewery and make your own craft beers to enjoy with friends. You can even take it a step further and set up a personal mini-pub and invite your friends for a drink as they watch a game or two.
Here, you need your décor to convey the feeling of a real pub with all the lighting and seating and music providing an authentic experience.
Basement design has clearly taken over homes by storm. People are finding real creative uses for their basement, expanding their viable living space and increasing their home value in the process. The ideas are endless, and you can even put a single basement space to multiple uses as we have listed above.
So, do not let your basement waste away, start thinking of how it can benefit your family and your home. What are you going to turn it into?
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