Top Trends in Basement Design For 2018
Basements were considered an unused and unutilized space. For many kids, it was where the scary things lived. Now all that has changed and homeowners have an increased interest in basement remodeling. Homeowners have realized that they can put this large expansive space to good use and maybe even add value to their home in the process.
In the beginning, basement remodeling was implemented to add storage, an extra bedroom, or a place for the kids to play. While adding a basement bedroom is still common, homeowners are expanding their options and function of the basement. We have come across basements turned into game rooms, home theaters and some individuals have set up personal museums to showcase their expanding collections. Some lucky homeowners are able to incorporate all of these things into their basement space.
In 2018, basement remodeling requests will increase as homeowners seek to expand their homes living space. Here are the hottest trends we are expecting for the year.
1. Open Concept Still in Vogue
Open concept has been a big part of current home design. Traditionally, rooms have been closed off from each other - divided by walls. But an open concept layout tears down those walls to create barrier-free spaces that allow you to pass freely from one area to another.
An open concept basement design takes advantage of the naturally expansive nature of the basement to create an updated modern style that promotes community. You can have multi-purpose spaces in the basement but they all open up to each other; from the game room to the bar area, from the family sitting area to the theatre room and so on.
For small basements, the open concept design maximizes the limited amount of real estate without having to take away square footage for walls. With this design, the perception of additional light and space you have more freedom to mix and match styles to creating your own personal sanctuary.
On the downside to an open approach, it does not provide any privacy; so forget about adding a man/woman cave or a quite personal office.
2. Making it an Extension of Your Home
In the past, the basement has been something of an experimental paint canvas. The fact that it is hidden from view instills a sense of freedom when it comes to choosing its style. Homeowners feel freer to go with bold and sometimes extravagant choices.
But more and more, homeowners are considering the basement as an integral extension of the upstairs living space. As you step from the main house and go down the stairs to the basement, the finishing remains the same. The colors, flooring and overall style do not change radically; it feels like just another room in the house.
This allows the basement to be put to a variety of uses such as a family game area, an extra sleep space, a home wine cellar and so on. For homeowners planning to sell, this easy transition can help boost the value of the home, as well as square footage. Instead of seeing an extra space that has no value, potential buyers see extra living space that is comparable to the main living area.
If you are planning a renovation, you need to choose between creating a space with a personal style or establishing an extension of your current living space using similar finishes. The choice is yours.
3. Enclosed Theater Rooms vs. Open TV Spaces
When it comes to designing a basement media room, homeowners have two options; an enclosed theater room or an open TV space. a theater room is generally for the real enthusiast. They want all the adornments that would enhance the experience: enclosed walls, plush reclining seats, a projection screen, surround sound, LED floor lighting and maybe even a popcorn machine. An open TV space is more casual and much more cost effective to set up. It actually feels more like a living room because it resembles a typical living room with media equipment added.
The traditional theater room has been the dream for most homeowners. But considering the cost and stress of setting one up and the increasing appeal of open concept design, 2018 will see more homeowners opting for open TV spaces.
They could even be integrated with kitchenettes or bar areas to create a full entertainment area. Granted, an open TV space does not have the same secluded feel and immersion as a closed theater but it has its own upsides. In the end, however, the choice comes down to you and your budget.View Source
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