This is a typical scene in many basements — underutilized storage space where unused items are deposited.


These homeowners however, had a vision for better usage of their basement space.  The home is new construction, with half exposure along the rear of the home and two windows for natural light.


A plan was devised to incorporate a bedroom, a bath and a family room in the lower level. There is plenty of storage space as well under the front part of the home.  Phase one would include finishing the family room.  The homeowner is tackling part of the work himself.


Defining how the space would be used was key to planning the project.  The focal point of the family room would be a TV viewing area flanked by built-in shelving.  An electric fireplace heater was added underneath.






The fireplace heater was backed with metallic tile and finished with white trim.  The shelving frames the TV and gives space for decorative items.  The pair of stretched canvas paintings extend the impact of the shelving and add symmetry.




Comfortable seating is opposite the fireplace and TV.  The family can cozy up on the sectional and enjoy a movie together.

Note the desk at the far end.  This nook is perfect for a home office workspace.  The other end of the room is wide open for the kids to play.   This basement family room is now well-utilized square footage and affords the family room to spread out.