Basements are possibly the most underused and under appreciated part of the home. But they have the potential to remarkably change the way you live and use your space. As we ourselves are about to begin a basement renovation I thought I would take the opportunity to write a blog about it.
A man cave ? or family rumpus room?
With my husband now being out numbered by girls in our household this was the first decision that needed to be made. As the builder and only male in the house he maintains he needs this space to get away from it all. However thinking of family life and the future use of this space I could see this dream may not always be reality. So this is where the design of the space becomes crucially important. A classic multi-use space is probably the best answer to all basement design problems. One where the guys can watch sport, the woman can gather for drinks and all the kids have a space to play board games and have sleepovers seems to be a great solution. Creative colours and materials with a masculine twist creates a warm inviting place for the whole family. One were you feel like curling up to watch a movie but robust enough to leave the kids down there creating havoc.
The best thing about renovating your basement is the extra storage possibilities it creates. With clever built in cabinetry and cupboards, all those things you haven't found a place for may find their home downstairs. Be creative with spaces and use them to their full potential. Remember places that are often underused like under the stairs leading down to your basement. Ask your North Shore/Auckland builder to custom make you storage that matches your needs. Storage can be a style statement in itself as well as being functional.
Basements are often an add-on, an extra space and designed solely for your families needs. Here is a great place to go wild and be really creative. Indulge your dreams to have the ultimate space to relax in. You can bend the usual design rules of kitchens and bathrooms where the mantra is usually, 'neutral, neutral, neutral." Design a space that expresses your personality to the full. Remember this is where your going to come to spend time with friends or relax at the end of a stressful day and you want the space to be somewhere you enjoy being.