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Make the most out of your basement with these design ideas

Make the most out of your basement with these design ideas

While you're going throughout your home installing new outlet covers and switch plates, you may start to feel as though you don't have enough space. If your family has been growing but your home hasn't, you may be worried that everyone isn't getting the space they need to thrive. When this happens, you may consider turning your basement into a living space. This will give your family a whole new room that they can go to when they need to get away and unwind. 

When you decide to convert your basement, the first thing you need to do is check your local building codes. You may need to make some changes to your basement in order to turn it into a living space, such as adding a window so that people can easily escape if there happens to be a fire. Once you get all that legal work out of the way, you can get down to the fun part of designing. 

Creating the perfect basement
HGTV spoke to Divine Design's Candice Olson, who said that the basement can be a multifunctional space. For example, you can place a couch and a media center down there so people can relax and watch television, and you can also invest in some exercise equipment so that your family can work out while catching up on their shows. 

Another idea Olson had for a basement is to turn it into a children's playroom. This is a particularly good idea if you have more than one child and want to make sure that they have the space to move about and play without having to worry about disturbing others. You can cover the floor of your basement with a large, plush carpet to help keep children safe, or even go for a foam-like material so they can play without worrying about falling. 

If kids are not your main concern right now, you should consider turning your basement into a bar. You can wow your guests by setting up a professional-looking bar in the basement, complete with classic stools and a flat-screen TV for watching sports. 

No matter what you decide, you should stop neglecting your basement and utilize this important space. 

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