Tips from Our Resident Designer… Five Basement Trends for 2020

Five Basement Trends for 2020

Trend #1. Open Concept Still in Vogue

Open concept has been a big part of current home design. Traditionally, rooms have been closed off from each other–divided by walls. But an open concept layout tears down those walls to create barrier-free spaces that allow you to pass freely from one area to another.

An open concept basement design takes advantage of the naturally expansive nature of the basement to create an updated modern style that promotes community. You can have multi-purpose spaces in the basement, but they all open up to each other; from the game room to the bar area, from the family sitting area to the theatre room and so on.

For small basements, the open concept design maximizes the limited amount of real estate without having to take away square footage for walls. With this design, the perception of additional light and space you have more freedom to mix and match styles to creating your own personal sanctuary.

 

Trend #2. Making it an Extension of Your Home

In the past, the basement has been something of an experimental paint canvas. The fact that it is hidden from view instills a sense of freedom when it comes to choosing its style. Homeowners feel freer to go with bold, and sometimes extravagant choices.

But more and more, homeowners are considering the basement as an integral extension of the upstairs living space. As you step from the main house and go down the stairs to the basement, the finishing remains the same. The colors, flooring and overall style do not change radically; it feels like just another room in the house.

This allows the basement to be put to a variety of uses such as a family game area, an extra sleep space, a home wine cellar and so on. For homeowners planning to sell, this easy transition can help boost the value of the home, as well as square footage. Instead of seeing an extra space that has no value, potential buyers see extra living space that is comparable to the main living area.

If you are planning a renovation, you need to choose between creating a space with a personal style or establishing an extension of your current living space using similar finishes. The choice is yours.

Trend #3. Enclosed Theater Rooms vs. Open TV Spaces

When it comes to designing a basement media room, homeowners have two options; an enclosed theater room or an open TV space. A theater room is generally for the real enthusiast.  They want all the adornments that would enhance the experience: enclosed walls, plush reclining seats, a projection screen, surround sound, LED floor lighting and maybe even a popcorn machine.  An open TV space is more casual and much more cost effective to set up. It actually feels more like a living room because it resembles a typical living room with media equipment added.

The traditional theater room has been the dream for most homeowners. But considering the cost and stress of setting one up and the increasing appeal of open concept design, 2020 will see more homeowners opting for open TV spaces.

They could even be integrated with kitchenettes or bar areas to create a full entertainment area. Granted, an open TV space does not have the same secluded feel and immersion as a closed theater but it has its own upsides.

Trend #4. Guest Suites Better Than Your Local Hotels

Creating an extra space for guests is a popular basement design choice. One of the hottest basement design trends for 2020 involves creating full guest suites. These suites can be for family or friends that come to visit. Within the suite, homeowners often have bedrooms, a bathroom, and wet bar. Of course, the size and complexity of such a suite will depend on your budget and available basement space.

A basic suite generally includes the bedroom and a bathroom on-suite. Something a bit more generous would perhaps include a lounge area alongside the bedroom or a morning bar close to the bathroom. If you have a really large basement, you could design a full suite with a living room, kitchenette, multiple bedrooms and state of the art bathroom(s).

Guest suites are a great idea if your family comes to visit often or for an extended time.  This gives everyone a comfortable place to stay with enough room and privacy. When it comes to remodeling your basement to have a guest suite, the possibilities are endless.

 

Trend #5. Stay Fit and Healthy With Home Gyms and Spas!

 

This is actually a popular idea that keeps appealing to more and more homeowners. With its large open space and ideal location, the basement is perfect for a gym. In fact, go one step further and set up an at home spa with all the luxuries of one including a steam shower, sauna and massage area.

A home gym and spa can be set up in a basement of any size. If you have a large basement, you have the freedom to bring in several workout machines, add a sauna, a shower area and so on. You can even invite a workout partner or two. If you are more limited on space, do not worry, you can still have your own gym and mini-spa. Just limit your workout machines to one or two then integrate the steam shower and massage area into the basement bathroom.

 

Credit to: sebringdesignbuild.com

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