Top 6 Resources for Basement Finishing Inspiration
Today’s basements are so much more than a convenient, out-of-sight place to store luggage, holiday decorations, and all those items you hold onto just in case you might need them someday. Basements have truly become an extension of the main living area, yet often with a slightly more fun and outgoing personality. Whether you’re looking to add a space for entertaining, guest accommodations, crafting or hobbies, or a combination of purposes, ideas abound.
Staring at your own unfinished basement can be a little intimidating, though. So, to get your creativity flowing, here are six of our favorite online resources to find basement finishing inspiration.
On Houzz.com (http://www.houzz.com/photos/basement) you can peruse, search and save photos you like. Browse by department or check out the Stories section for more ideas. The site has specific images of finished basements, but you can also hone your style by browsing photos of other living spaces.
Remodelista’s tagline is “Sourcebook for Considered Living” and it is just that. Run by a team obsessed with design, the site is for those equally obsessed, as well as beginners looking for a place to start. Whether you want to be thoughtful with your budget or with the materials you use, or you simply love design that is as beautiful as it is functional, you will enjoy exploring here.
Pinterest is the place to find ideas for just about any project, and basement remodels are no exception. Check out Basement Remodeling at https://www.pinterest.com/explore/basement-remodeling/ and Small Basement Remodeling at https://www.pinterest.com/explore/small-basement-remodel/. You’ll find thousands of images showing design options you may not have thought of and loads of creative solutions to a variety of issues unique to basement spaces.
The HGTV channel is well-known for its many design programs, but you can also access the network online for project-specific articles and photos. Check out http://www.hgtv.com/remodel/interior-remodel/basement-design-and-layout for basement remodel ideas.
5. Better Homes & Garden
Like the magazine, Better Homes & Garden’s website offers advice, ideas and information along with stunning photos. See some basement transformations at http://www.bhg.com/rooms/rooms/basement/basement-remodeling-ideas/. (BHG also has recipes, so when you are done browsing you can get dinner help, too!)
6. Basement Finishing Company Websites
Basement finishing companies are the experts in this area. With experience in a variety of situations, they know what will work best and how to resolve a multitude of issues. A company’s website typically showcases their work, so it is both a source of inspiration and a good way to determine if a particular company is in line with your vision.
Take advantage of the many online resources available for sparking creativity in basement design and finishing. Save your favorite ideas to discuss with your contractor at the start of your project.