I'm always on the lookout for great basement finishing ideas. This past week at our beach house (our rental beach house, I ain't no Donald Trump) I saw a couple of great ideas that I thought you guys might like.
# 1 Wood Paneled Ceiling with Recessed Lights
I could see this in my basement family room or my pool table area (which I'm totally going to have once my three little munchkins grow up).
# 2 A Lockable Cabinet
Liquor cabinet perhaps? A spot to store stuff you don't want nosy house visitors to discover. If you plan on renting out your basement, you may want to have a few owner's cabinets.
#3 Great Basement Bathroom Layout Idea
If I really stretched my arms out I could touch both walls of this bathroom (in either direction) at the same time. So not a ton of space to work with.
The full tub and shower was opposite the sinks. The toilet in the middle was a bit weird at first but for such a small space it looked and felt great (the bathroom, not the toilet, that felt normal).
#4 Double Doors for the Small Bathroom
This is the same bathroom. The doorway was so narrow they went with a double door approach that latched at the top.
I think the double doors actually made the door feel bigger. [Want more bathroom ideas? Click here]
#5 Electrical Switch Cover Shortcut
Check this out. I never thought of just cutting an electrical cover to size to make it fit, but whatever floats your boat.
This actually gave the room some more charm. And who doesn't want more charm, I know I do.
Does anyone else insist on lining up the screws of your cover plates? It just bugs the heck out of me that these are all askew.
#6 Basement Finishing Ideas - Retro Ceiling Fans
It felt like a really big tree house. Each room had these silver retro style fans with dimming lights (my favorite). They really helped set the tone of the house.
# 7 A Big Lamp Shade
There was a table on the right as you walked in the front door. This drop light with a huge lamp shade looked great and it was the first thing you saw when you entered the house.
The kids created crafts and colored under this light in the afternoons after several hours at the beach.
I vowed to play some board games and not just watch movies and play video games. Sadly, I failed miserably. I couldn't stay away from the Wii Golf.
There you go. I wish I'd taken some video of the house, it had a great feeling to it.
think know my basement is still missing that "great feeling" and I pretty sure it's because I haven't put in little details like some of these above.
It's expensive, or can be, to get all of those finishing touches. Plus you need to know what works well together.
If you've found some great basement finishing ideas post a comment below, I'd love to feature some them.
Cheers - Jason