If you are thinking about finishing your basement, you have many choices. The time-honored way to fix up a basement is to turn it into a playroom while leaving space for utilities and storage. With a little imagination, a basement can become a specialized retreat that caters to the hobbies and interests of your family.
Entertaining the Family
A basement is the perfect spot for electronics to entertain the family. You can set up a large flat screen TV, install surround sound and furnish the space with theater seating for a relaxing home theater. Home theater seating is generally oversized for comfort, and features foot rests, beverages holders and reclining seat backs. Center the flat screen at eye level and mount the surround sound speakers on the wall. Add computer games to your basement entertainment center for the enjoyment of the family.
Turning Out Home Made Arts and Crafts
If your family loves to create handcrafted items, a basement craft room can provide a space that is dedicated to hobbies. It makes a lot of sense to have storage cabinets, shelving and a work table all in the same area to pursue your interest in arts and crafts such as scrapbooking, quilting, beading and painting. If you decide to use the space in your basement for a craft room, think about installing energy-efficient florescent lighting, which delivers optimum illumination for low cost.
For the Grown-Ups
Wine lovers find that a basement is the ideal area for a temperature-controlled wine cellar. Small, round tables and chairs can give the area a look of a sophisticated cabaret. For those who enjoy a friendly bar scene, a basement multiple television screens can create a sports bar. Or, make the area into a beach bar for a relaxed feeling. Remember to buy a refrigerator-freezer combo for ice and to store additives like olives and flavoring. You will also need storage space for glasses and a sink to wash them.
A Manly Retreat
The men in the family will appreciate a “man cave” to indulge in the activities they love. Picture a basement retreat geared toward men with a pool table, workout equipment, card table and a surface for remote controlled race cars. To enhance the area, think dark wood accents, a fireplace and thick carpeting as sound-proofing to protect the rest of the family in the living spaces above. If basement space is limited, you can incorporate some elements of the man cave into a basement bar or entertainment center. Of course, the women in the family may love the challenge of a game of pool and spending time in the basement workout room as well.