We would also always encourage designing natural light into any basement concept; this makes a basement a welcoming, bright and airy space, making it feel part of what is above the stairs and integral part of the overall home.

1. Add value to their home

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 colours, 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 games 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.

The fact that it is hidden from view instils a sense of freedom when it comes to choosing its style. Homeowners feel freer to go with bold, and sometimes extravagant choices.

2. Open Concept Still in Vogue

Enclosed Theatre Rooms vs. Open TV Spaces

When it comes to designing a basement media room, homeowners have two options; an enclosed theatre room or an open TV space. A theatre 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.  The traditional theatre 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, 2018 will see more homeowners opting for open TV spaces.

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. They could even be integrated with kitchenettes or bar areas to create a full entertainment area.

3.  In-Law Suites

Creating an extra bedroom for the in-laws in the basement is all well and good, for families where in-laws visit often, you might want to go bigger. One of the hottest basement design trends for 2018 involves creating full guest suites for in-laws. 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 with an en-suite. Something a bit more generous would perhaps include a sitting area and kitchenette. If you have a really large basement, you could design a full suite with a living room, multiple bedrooms, full sized kitchen and state of the art bathroom(s).

In-law 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. Or you might possibly have loved ones interested in “aging in place”. Why not invite them in and create a new home.

4. Music Auditoriums

If you love music and you easily spend hours listening or playing it, what about an entire music room or auditorium stage in your basement? This is a trend you will want to hang onto as it gets more popular.

A music room will vary in design and size depending on your needs and budget. It can be a simple small soundproofed room where you practice your piano or an entire music themed mini-auditorium where you invite friends and family for jam sessions.

Setting up a music room requires preplanning and consideration. Issues like soundproofing, extra power outlets, lighting, and safety must be taken into account. Do not forget that friends and family will want to enjoy the music too.  So consider adding a comfortable seating area.

5.  Sports Room with Multiple Televisions

Sports rooms are fairly common in homes and will get more popular in 2018. A place where sports can be played as exercise or watched on large screen tv’s, enjoyed with friends and family.

The basement is a great place to set up a sports room because it provides an out-of-the-way spot where you can get as rowdy as you want without disturbing others. With a large basement, you can also set up something extraordinary – for the full experience, consider  multiple televisions with a quality sound system, a bar area or a gaming area and of course the all-important kitchenette where you can whip up quick sandwiches or grab a cool beverage mid-game instead of having to keep going upstairs.

Adequate storage and comfortable seating are key elements to your sports room.

6. Lounge Spaces / Home Office for Everyone

The home office can mean so many different things to different people.  You may need a dedicated workspace for a home office or a more casual small laptop nook within a room that allows more flexibility.  Either way, a well-designed home office should include a comfortable workstation(s), good lighting, adequate storage, and any technology essentials.  If privacy is the key ingredient to make a successful office, then I would consider carving out a space in the basement.  Perhaps with some extra soundproofing?  No matter how much the kids try and distract you, this new office space will exceed your expectations in productivity.

7. Home Brewery or Mini Pub

If a bar area is too small for you, why not set up a home basement brewery and make your own craft beers to enjoy with friends. You can even take it a step further and set up a personal mini-pub and invite your friends for a drink as they watch a game or two.

Here, you need your décor to convey the feeling of a real pub with all the lighting and seating and music providing an authentic experience.

8. Home Gym and Spa

A popular idea that keeps appealing to more and more homeowners. The basement is perfect for a gym and a home spa with all the luxuries of one including a steam shower, sauna and massage area.

Possibly include a hair and make-up station.

9. Multi-Tasking Spaces

In a small basement where real estate is limited, multi-tasking allows you to put the same space to multiple uses. It is an effective way of maximizing space. For example, you could set up a small library that also serves as your home office. Or you could have a sitting area that is kids’ play area during the day, then a TV room when the kids are asleep.

You can even have a bedroom and a sitting area using a room divider to set them apart. One simple, but stylish divider idea is a sliding barn door or a bookcase.


Basement design has clearly taken over homes by storm. People are finding real creative uses for their basement, expanding their viable living space and increasing their home value in the process.   – A brilliant summation by Bryan Sebring