How to Transform a Basement into a Beautiful Living Space

When you decide to remodel a basement, you can make use of an often overlooked and underutilized space in your home.


When you decide to remodel a basement, you can make use of an often overlooked and underutilized space in your home. A basement makeover also increases the value of your home.

Ideas for remodeling a basement can range from an entertainment den, home gym, children’s playroom, a home office, or simply extra breathing room to increase livable space. 

By optimizing your basement space, you increase the comfort and function of your entire home—without sacrificing existing rooms or space. These tips will help you transform your basement into a beautiful living space instead of a space used merely for storage and mechanical equipment.

Some Considerations Before you Begin

Once you’ve decided you want to remodel your basement, there are some factors to consider during the planning phases. Get a clear scope of these issues, and you can avoid costly headaches down the road.

  • Will you need to divert plumbing beneath your home or flooring?
  • What are the site-specific soil conditions?
  • What is the local water table height?

These considerations will allow you to determine if a basement makeover is viable, then start creating an accurate budget.

Choose What Type of Space or Room You want to Create

Plans for a simple living room or entertainment den will have different requirements than if you plan to create a whole new, lower-level bedroom or even add a small kitchen. When you have narrowed down the best use for your remodel basement, you can start to get creative.

Ideas for remodeling a basement can range from practical uses to artistically inspired spaces, and this is why these projects can increase the value of your existing home. By remodeling your basement, you can transform the space and create rooms for guests or family, all without performing a remodel on your existing home.

Introduce Light

Generally speaking, basements don’t get a great deal of natural light, but there are some thoughtful ways to get around that and brighten the space. 

In many cases, remodeled basements will require a second exit due to city building codes, and this allows you to install an egress window that is large enough for a person to fit through. Egress windows will increase natural light significantly.

Another option is to install bright ceiling lights, which will help smaller spaces feel more open and inviting. Strategic placing of light fixtures, especially recessed can lights, can help draw focus on underutilized nooks and crannies to liven up the space.

When you’re choosing a color palette, go with lighter white shades to create a sense of openness. You can accent the ceiling as well to give a feeling of height in shorter basements.

Don’t Skimp on Storage

Built-in drawers, shelves, and cabinets can help keep the space clean and tidy while enhancing the aesthetic and feel of a remodeled basement. Because unfinished basements are a clean slate, you can gain inspiration from designers and truly transform the space without sacrificing comfort or function.

If you don’t add closets and other storage components, your space can become cluttered. These additions also allow the space to be utilized for multiple purposes.

Get More Advice from a Professional

There are so many options when you remodel a basement that it can feel daunting once you decide to begin the process. Consult with a local home builder to discuss construction and design options to get the perfect fit for your basement makeover. 

Whether it’s a complete remodel or a simple living room, Eakman Construction is your trusted partner from start to finish. Find out why we’ve become Seattle’s number one custom remodeling team and take advantage of our years of experience and expertise.