Most of us only dream about finishing our basement. We have always thought about transforming the space into a place we can get away, rather than just using it as another storage area. A finished basement could be used for a home office, a man cave, a home gym, a basement playroom, a guest suite, and much more.
Maybe someday we will all get the basement of our dreams, but for the time being we put four of our favorite basement remodeling projects against each other to see which one would get voted the ultimate basement.
And the winner of the ultimate basement showdown is, with over 40% of the votes…
This 1,420 square foot basement (finished area) located in Chagrin Falls, Ohio has a space for everyone in the family to use and enjoy. The 990 square foot recreational area features a walk-out to the rear yard and includes a carpeted area for the kids to play, floating shelves between large finished columns, a mounted flat screen TV, a luxuriously appointed half-bathroom, and a finished walk-in storage closet. What makes this basement unlike any other is the hidden secret ‘Murphy Door’ that leads to a period-styled custom home wet bar. This completely custom and unique 430 square foot space is the ideal adult hangout. From the moment you walk in, the space immerses you in a ‘Speakeasy’ feel, reminiscent of the Prohibition era. From the custom-built wet bar with it’s period-style bar stools, lighting fixtures and finishes, to the brick wall stamped with “vote against prohibition”, this space transports you back to the early 1900’s. View more pictures from this project
View the other 3 basement remodels that competed in the showdown:
This 1,040 square foot basement (finished living area) located in Highland Heights, Ohio has something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Carpeted stairs lead you down to the finished basement featuring hardwood flooring and recessed lighting throughout. The spacious main area has a 75” wall mounted UHD TV for viewing from the rear sitting area that is well lit by multiple windows. Complementing this area is a custom built wet bar with peninsular seating. Its features include granite countertops, decorative brick backsplash accenting the rear wall, a second TV, and a custom wine cooler and a wine rack built right into the wall. This finished basement also includes a luxuriously appointed full bathroom as well as a fully finished kid’s playroom wonderland with a unique ‘barn style’ entry door. View more pictures from this project
Custom design-build finished basement located in Aurora, Ohio. This 720 square foot (finished living area) basement is the ideal man cave hangout for enjoying any sporting event. It features hardwood flooring and recessed ceiling lighting throughout. The main sitting area surrounds a large wall mounted TV with every seat perfect for watching the big game. Need a drink during a commercial or a timeout? You’re only a few steps away from a custom designed bar with a built-in stainless steel beverage cooler and you won’t miss a second of the game because there is a wall mounted TV above the back bar. This basement is perfect for relaxing in and just hanging out, you won’t want to leave even after the game is over. View more pictures from this project
Custom finished basement design-build project located in Highland Heights, Ohio. The entire basement was completely unfinished when we started construction and now features a new rec. room, a new in-home gym and a new custom full bathroom. The new rec. room features recessed lighting, custom built-in book shelves and gorgeous LVT (luxury vinyl tile) flooring. The new home gym has custom made rubber flooring, 3 mirrors, and recessed lighting. Finally, the new custom full bathroom is a “must see” with the same gorgeous LVT flooring as the rec. room and features a custom sliding glass shower door. Additional enhancements include: wall mounted flat screen TV’s in the rec. room and in the home gym, all new insulation, drywall, plumbing, and electrical throughout as well as custom built-in shelving in the newly created basement storage area. View more pictures from this project