Basement Transformation Ideas that Will Inspire

Shannon Quinn - January 3, 2020
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Imagine having your own bowling alley in your house. Credit: sebringdesignbuild

6. A Bowling Alley

If you have a game room, you could buy a small bowling game set for you and your kids to play with. Or, if you are on a next-level bowling lover, you might want to upgrade to a full-sized bowling alley in your basement. Your friends would be incredibly impressed to see a bowling alley in your house, and it will most likely become a go-to place for parties. (You might even be able to rent out the space to people for special events.)

Custom bowling alleys can be designed any way you like. Credit: DigsDigs

The cost of building a one lane bowling alley is between $19,000 and $45,000 depending on how elaborate it is. Of course, you also have to buy your own bowling ball and bowling shoes to use, too. Once you build this, you never have to worry about paying for an entry fee again.

If anyone plays the drums in your house, you probably want them in the basement. Photo Credit: Artazum/Shutterstock

5. A Soundproof Music Room

If someone in your family is musically talented, they may want to practice their instrument or sing in their spare time. Sometimes, this can be wonderful to listen to their music. Other times, it could become very annoying to hear your kids play the same few notes over and over again with intermittent squeaking. This is why a basement could be a perfect place for you to have a music room. Most of the time, basements are essentially soundproof and you cannot hear noise in the rest of the house. 

You could even have a little stage for your household musician. Credit: sebringdesignbuild

If your intention was to make it as soundproof as possible, you could add some soundproofing panels to the walls,  as well as a throw rug on the floor. Some people even go as far as to build a recording booth in their basement by enclosing a closet with padded materials, as well as the wiring for a microphone. This can be very valuable for anyone who is serious about becoming a professional musician. 

If you have a podcast, you will want a studio space. Photo Credit: Dean Drobot/Shutterstock

4. A Podcasting Studio

In the previous entry, we mentioned how a basement can be a great place for a music room. For all of the same soundproofing reasons, it also makes a great place to have a podcast studio.  Since basements are already a lot less noisy than the rest of your house, it will make it very easy for you to put up soundproofing panels to make it even more silent than before. It is also a great location to have a studio that is away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of your household. You could always put up a recording sign on the basement door to let your friends and family know not to disturb you while the light is on.

Doing a professional podcast requires a lot of equipment. Photo Credit: PrinceOfLove/Shutterstock

When you are podcasting, you may have guests on the show. So you usually need a large table with two microphones, a sound mixer, and space to put your computers. If you were choosing to film it and put a video version on YouTube, you will also need space around the table to put up tripods and your cameras.

Every parent dreams of giving their kids their own playroom. Photo Credit: Africa Studio/Shutterstock

3. A Playroom For the Kids

One of the most popular options for a basement makeover is to create a playroom for your kids. The great thing about having a space for kids to play is that you know that they will be inside. Unlike a backyard, you don’t have to worry about where they are going, and can peacefully go about your daily chores knowing your kids are downstairs. It is also great for parents to keep their kids toys all in one space so that they do not clutter the rest of the house.

It is good to have an organizational system in a play room. Credit: HomeBestIdeas

Some parents decide to just let things get a bit wild down in the basement when their kids are playing. But you could just as easily install shelving units and organize the toys. This could be a great opportunity to teach your kids know how to clean up after themselves when they are done. Adding a small kid-sized table is also great for your toddlers to color, play with legos, and get their homework done.

This basement skate park is amazing. Credit: Houzz

2. A Skate Park

Unfortunately, not every town has a skatepark. Even in the towns where they tried them out for a few years, many have been removed because skater culture is sometimes looked down upon. Skateboarding is actually a very difficult sport to get into, especially if someone wants to learn the toughest tricks.  This is why some parents with kids who love to skate have gone above and beyond to create their own skate parks in their backyards or basements.

These ramps can be used for BMX or skateboarding. Credit: Houzz

The great thing about building a skatepark in a basement is that a skate park needs a concrete surface, anyway.  All you really need to do is build the ramps and grind rails in the basement and essentially leave the basement as it was before. And if your kids ever grow out of their skating hobby, it would be easy to dismantle the ramps and use the space for something else.

This luxury pool is underground. Credit: Rescon Solutions

1. An Indoor Swimming Pool 

One of the most luxurious things you could ever do with a basement is to create an underground indoor swimming pool.  You are guaranteed to never get a sunburn swimming in your pool this way. The obvious benefits of having an indoor swimming pool are that it will be temperature controlled, so you can go swimming even in the dead of winter. There is also no chance that your neighbors could potentially peek over the fence to see you in your bikini.

This indoor pool and jacuzzi take up the entire basement. Credit: Rescon Solutions

However, this would not be possible in places with a high water table. There are only certain geographical locations where you would be able to create a basement pool. And, of course, it is outrageously expensive. According to Home Adviser, building a pool in your basement would cost between $20,000 and $100,000.

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