Transforming the lower level into a space all family members can enjoy is the main goal behind most of our basement remodeling projects. However the functionality and look of these spaces differ just like families differ. In our 2013 Year in Review of basement remodeling projects, these elements converge to reveal overall basement design trends for the Indianapolis area.
Brick & Stone: Bringing a more casual, rustic feel to the lower level through the use of brick or stone was popular in 2013. The wow-factor was undeniable, and the material created a focal point for these often large spaces. We saw brick & stone on fireplaces, media walls, wet bars and wine storage areas.
Wet Bars: These basement design staples have expanded into a space for entertaining large groups in a kitchen-like layout. Multiple drink storage, ample counterspace, and upgraded appliances ramp up their functionality. A sophisticated look was created through decorative pendants over a peninsula or island and upgraded materials and finishes.
Exercise Rooms: Separate spaces for exercise equipment replaced mixing it in with the main living area in 2013’s basement remodels. Rubber flooring sat under multiple pieces, and TVs hung on at least one wall. Placing the rest room nearby tended to be a popular design element too.
Media Spaces: Rather than creating a separate media room, movie and sports viewing was incorporated into the main basement living area in 2013. Hidden audio/visual components, built-in sound systems and theater lighting enhance the media experience.
Bringing design elements from the main living level into the lower level lends a cohesive feel to a home. Rather than feeling relegated to the basement, family members find these spaces welcoming and comfortable. “We use the basement all the time now!” was the most common feedback we received from our clients. Sounds like their investment paid off.
Want more information on one of these basement remodels? Send us an email, or give us a call at 846-2600. One of our designers would be glad to speak to you.