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Basement design ideas

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Basement design ideasWhen you're not sure what you want in your basement, and not really sure where to begin, it's a good idea to scour the Internet and print magazines to see what others are doing. Another thing to try is to create sketches of your ideas. Even if you can't draw (I certainly can't) it will help give you an idea of what you're looking for.

Basement designYou may just be scribbling ideas, but those ideas may eventually end up being part of your final design! Often times I'd jot ideas down on any scrap of paper. I came up with some great ideas on a notepad during one of those long, boring meetings at work. Here are some sketches I made well before I even started on my basement remodeling project. I new I'd want to build my 'dream basement' someday...


A sketch of the home theater area. I originally planned to get a 70" Sony SXRD TV, and build a proscenium to conceal ductwork. (I later decided to move the ductwork.) I also planned to use beadboard and a chair rail moulding on the walls. The thick vertical lines on the walls were going to be beams or decorative pillars. I later dropped that idea.

Home theater design ideas: Making sketches is a great way to come up with design ideas for your basement home theater

The top left shows how I was planning on concealing the ductwork in the ceiling, the top right shows ideas I had for wainscoting, beadboard, and chair rails. The bottom left show recessed lighting layout, and the right shows trying to figure out how big the screen could be.

Using sketches is also a great way to get the whole family involved! If you have kids, they'll certainly spend some time in your newly remodeled basement! Why not let them put their ideas on paper? They may come up with things you never dreamed of! Here's a look at a sketch my 7-year-old made showing his 'vision' of the home theater area of the basement... 

Home theater design and basement design are for the whole family!

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