Loft-Like Basement RenovationContemporary Basement, DC Metro
Basement reconfigure and remodel
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3. Capture the power of white. This basement obviously gets a lot of natural light, thanks to the fact that it is a walk-out basement-style space. But a great way to provide the illusion of light and to add ceiling height is to paint everything white. With this room’s exposed ceilings and walls painted a crisp white, it’s hard to tell where the walls end and the ceilings begin.
Turn it into a media center. Not sure where to place your TV in your big, beautiful open floor plan? Why not turn your structural column into a media center? Even if you don’t place the TV there right away, it could be smart planning to allow for electrical outlets near the column.
6. Modern basement in Maryland. An open floor plan and exposed joists on the ceiling create visual lightness in this previously dark and damp basement. Readers loved the little details that helped make it more modern, including the wood treatment around the center column. See more of this basement
Designer and builder Bruce Wentworth left the rafters exposed and painted them white to lighten up the space. He used wood strips to cover some of the more unsightly elements, like ductwork and structural posts, and in this area to create a clever media wall.
24. A Gloomy Basement Lightens UpThis inspiring basement's before and after photos presented Houzzers with tips on how to turn a dark and damp basement into a pristine living space. While the structural work on this space was intense, a simple palette and an emphasis on strong materials resulted in a clean and durable design.
The open floor plan and exposed joists give the feeling of additional height. Wood strip-clad interior columns conceal support beam, ducts, pipes and wires."Instead of trying to fuse the look of the basement with the traditional design of the upper floors, we opted for a simpler design that reflected their current taste and lifestyle," Wentworth says.