Amy M. Spagnola


Basement Makeovers from Casual to Contemporary

Basement Makeovers from Casual to Contemporary
Blog Post for Melton Design Build

Cold and concrete, basements are often a place for storage and retired recreation equipment but the lowest floor in a home has tons of potential. From guest quarters to a state of the art gym, to a fully upgraded office, the options for remodeling are unlimited. Taking your basement remodel from cobwebs and clutter to cool and contemporary is merely a matter of creativity and resourcefulness.

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A traditional basement gets a modern facelift with plush carpeting, wall lighting fixtures and fun toys like a pool table. A built-in bench seat amps up the cozy factor and creates a space for guests to socialize and homeowners to lounge. A large television blends seamlessly into a built-in nook and  recessed lighting illuminates entertainment options.

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A brightly lit bar is ultra-inviting and its circular shape offers a trendy twist. A brick wall offers an interesting textural detail and is both earthy and elegant. An easy construction project like cabinetry and mounted shelving create a space that is homey and practical.

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An urbanized underground basement is both artistic and industrial. Sheets of metal outfit the walls in striking silver while painted black exposed beams give the space a tough attitude. A corner bar is the perfect spot for guests to sip cocktails and admire the factory feel of this alpha basement.

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Forget the stale popcorn and the throngs of other moviegoers, with a comfy at-home movie theater there is no need to leave the house. A built in rock fireplace adds the perfect dose of warmth and comfort while speakers and a projector set the stage for a movie marathon. Vintage movie posters and cinema trinkets capture the feel of a luxe screening room.

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Forget the cold and barren basement of the past, this modern space feels as lavish as any other room in the house. A drop ceiling is refreshed with crown molding and recessed lighting and door arches produce an elegant effect.  Super soft carpet and leather furnishings put an exclamation point on this stylish space.

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There is no mandatory design when it comes to a basement remodel. Cement walls and metal roofing define this hardy space. With a garage-like feel, this room can be utilized for reading, movies or conversation. Hanging vintage Edison lighting plus oversized windows create a mechanic and machinist ambiance for a warehouse-style basement.

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A simple basement can be a welcome addition in a busy household. This modern space includes a bright red accent wall, crown molding and large framed windows. A storage bench is ideal for a basement as it acts as a catchall space for extra knickknacks and additional seating.

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A spiral staircase is the show-stopping centerpiece of this updated basement that is replete with fireplace, tile flooring and overhead recessed lighting. A corner bathroom means this stylish space is a fully equipped retreat. Grays, blacks and whites are the perfect colors for this minimalist and sophisticated basement.

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