When planning a basement renovation, the first issue that has to be addressed is moisture. "Every house is different, but guaranteed you will have some form of moisture in your basement," says Stephen Fanuka of Fanuka Construction.
House plans with basements are desirable when you need extra storage or when your dream home includes a "man cave" or getaway space, and they are often designed with sloping sites in mind. One design option is a plan with a so-called day-lit basement -- that is a lower level that's dug into the hill but with one side open to light and view.
These cool finished basement ideas share a variety of exciting ways you can get the most out of your extra living space. A finished basement design gives you, family and friends a place to hang out and enjoy any time of year. From home bars, game rooms, home gyms or movie rooms there are tons of ways to create a finished basement you'll love.
This modern basement apartment showcases the best use of small spaces with an office, dining area, and ample living room space. This modern basement apartment showcases the best use of small spaces with an office, dining area, and ample living room space. Photos; Get the HGTV Canada newsletter;
Basement kitchenettes are starting to gain popularity as more and more basements are turned into warm living areas. We are seeing many homeowners including a kitchenette or some type of beverage center in their basement renovation plans. In almost all cases, a basement kitchenette is a small part of a larger basement living area. For example
In a small corner, a stack of books and magazines doubles as a side table to a painted chair. See more of this house in our Stylish Family Home Makeover photo gallery. For more ideas, see our Organized Family Homes photo gallery and Budget Basement Decorating Tips photo gallery.