Lucky enough to own a basement? Don’t let this space go to waste! Basements can be turned into all kinds of functional spaces from home offices to extra bedrooms. They can also make great spaces for adding some luxury to your home. Below are just a few examples of luxurious ways to transform your basement.
If you love wine, you could consider turning your basement into a wine cellar. This could contain racks of your favourite wines – which could include rare wines for special occasions if you see yourself as a collector. Installing wine racks isn’t likely to cost much. The biggest cost is more likely to be stocking up your racks with bottles (after all, there’s no use in an empty wine cellar).
A basement could make a great private bar. This could take on any theme you fancy from a sports bar to a cocktail bar. There are many features to consider on top of a bartop including refrigerators, glass shelves, bar optics and beer pumps. For added entertainment, you could consider a pool table, a TV, a LED dancefloor or a dartboard. When it comes to furniture, you could stick with a couple bar stools in a small basement, or add some tables and chairs if it’s a little larger.
Love watching movies? Why not bring the cinema experience to your home by building your own home cinema? Basements are often dark and therefore make ideal spaces for home cinemas. Your home cinema could contain a projector or a large digital screen, along with a surround sound speaker system and authentic cinema chairs. Specialist companies like Clarke Infinity can design and install your home cinema for you.
If you’re passionate about exercise, you could consider turning your basement into a private gym with all the equipment that you need. While this may cost quite a bit to set up, you could save money in the long run by no longer having to pay a gym subscription, plus you’ll be able to work out around your schedule at your leisure. To give your gym the luxury touch, consider investing in a couple high end machines, a large TV, an air conditioning unit and lots of light to keep it cheery and bright.
A basement could even be turned into an indoor pool. This could be anything from a small plunge pool to a long pool for practising lengths depending on the size of the basement. How deep you plan to go also depends on the depth of your basement and whether you’re willing to excavate further down. A private indoor pool could be combined with a home gym. Alternatively, you could combine it with some home spa features for a more relaxing space if you have room such as a sauna or a hot tub. The whole room will need to be thoroughly waterproofed and well ventilated to prevent mould growth. This guide by Peter Cox explains more about turning a basement into an indoor pool.