Many homeowners are looking to gain more living space in their homes without adding on or moving; whether it be because they love their current home and neighborhood too much to leave, or they have particular goals in mind that a new home may not have. “A space in every home that is often under-utilized is the basement, which is unfortunate given how much open space is available,” says Normandy Designer Heather Dalskov, “Many people think that if a room has low ceilings, like this basement’s typical 7′ ceilings, there’s no way to really make it look like the rest of the home. However, there are lots of tricks to make it blend in with the rest of the home, giving homeowners the added functional space they desire.”
“Breaking things up with long, tall vertical elements create a good dimension in a 7’ tall space. In this basement, I took some of the cabinetry in the bar area all the way down to the countertop and all the way up to the ceiling,” commented Heather, “I definitely recommend drywalling the ceiling as you would on the first level, instead of using a drop ceiling. As you can see, I used almost all can lighting and recessed lighting and only a couple hanging light fixtures, this way there’s no added attention to the 7′ ceiling. Another thing homeowners can get away with in a basement is using lots of details to dress up the basement, something that most people stay away from in the compartmentalized first level of the home. For instance, in this basement I used lots of crown moulding to draw the eye upward.”
Basements can be an exciting space because it can offer up to 50% more livable square footage to your home without adding on. “I’ve worked with many homeowners remodeling their basement, and they were thrilled not only with their “new” livable space, but also that they were able to turn their current home into their ideal home,” says Heather. To discover the possibilites your basement holds, from a bar area to a fitness area equipped with a luxury bathroom, set up a complimentary appointment with Heather today! You can also find even more ideas to make your basement blend in with the rest of your home as we showcase prior Normandy renovations.