Basement designing is a great idea if you need more room in your house, but make sure to choose the right look. If your basement is pretty big and you would like to make it a living space but you know that it can get a bit dank and cold, you can overcome your basement's shortcomings by choosing the right design for the room. Basements really don't make excellent guest rooms or apartments for your adult children to live in. They are too dark and are hard to keep warm. If you are creative, you can come up with a much better idea.
You actually love working out and staying fit, but hate going to the gym. You know you can save time and money by owning your own exercise equipment, but good equipment is so huge, bulky and ugly. Thanks to your basement, you can have your own equipment and not worry about storing it. You will no longer have to carve hours out of your day to drive to a gym, change, workout, shower, change again and drive home. You also won't ever have to worry about how sanitary the equipment you use is, not to mention the shower. You can just complete your workout at home in your pajamas if you turn your basement into a gym. Put up some drywall and lay down some industrial carpet. Install fluorescent lighting if your basement isn't already lit. Then you can just put your exercise bike, lifting equipment and treadmill in the basement. If you want to make it really nice, you can install a television to keep you entertained while you're working out.
Rec rooms have got to be the most common type of finished basement there is. With drywall, carpeting or tile and good lighting, you can turn your basement into a second living room. This is an especially good idea if you have loud and rambunctious kids. You can turn the basement into their playroom. Even if you don't have a family, your basement can be a fun spot to hang out. You can turn your basement into a grown up playroom and install a sports bar. Add a big screen T.V. to your basement bar and it becomes the perfect spot to watch football or basketball games. If your basement is big, you can even add extras like a pool table or dart board.
Laundry and Workroom
You definitely shouldn't be wasting space in your kitchen or bathroom with a washer and dryer if you can move them into the basement. Move your appliances downstairs. You don't have to do laundry in a cold and dark room, though, you can finish your basement and make it a nice place to wash, iron and fold. You can also add things like a sewing room or another type of space to do crafts in. If you are creative, consider turning your basement into a ceramics studio. You may even already have things you need such as a sink and electrical outlets.