My Houzz: Creative Moves Turn a Toronto Basement Into a Stylish RentalContemporary Basement, Toronto
Photo: Andrew Snow Photography © 2013 Houzz
Design: Creative Union Network
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4. Live colorfully. Though I recommend keeping the walls a lighter shade, that doesn’t mean color should be banned in a basement. This below-ground space is often a great place to test out bolder options. Maybe hot pink is too daring for your living room? Try the look in the basement first and then consider bringing it upstairs once you’ve warmed up to it.
The main living space in the basement is light filled and has an open floor plan. To make the basement habitable, Bader and Mitanidis raised the ceiling height through a combination of two structural techniques: benching and underpinning. Benching involves pouring a new, deeper foundation inside the existing one, while underpinning means it gets poured underneath. Underpinning is much more expensive but doesn't take up any floor space, so they used it in tight areas, such as the powder room, and benched everywhere else.Chair: Poang, Ikea; open shelving: Lack, Ikea; pine shelving, coffee table: Creative Union