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Basements are tricky. These large spaces beg for a new use, but they often become dumping grounds for all of life's extras. If selling your house in this market isn't an option but you want extra living space, you might find yourself pacing back and forth in the basement wondering if you can convert it to the room of your...
How to Dig Down for Extra Living Space
When you're adding space to your home, there are usually three options: down, out or up. Knowing which is right for you means weighing a number considerations — from cost and design, to function and feasibility. If you're thinking of...
More Living Space: Making Room for Family
Many of us with children of a certain age are experiencing a "boomerang generation." Whether because of a desire to save money, a change in lifestyle, a delay in landing a job after college or some other reason, the boomerang generation is coming back...
Basement of the Week: London Pub Ambience in Upstate New York
“This is what I'd call a very sophisticated man cave," says architect James Crisp. "The owner really had the vision, and the contractor, Jim Muncey of Structure Works,...
Take Your Cue: Planning a Pool Table Room
For many people the clack of colliding pool balls recalls happy times. That’s one reason pool tables are a classic addition to the game room, basement, garage, family room, loft, man cave or even dining room. But planning for a pool table requires more...
Basement of the Week: Gaming and Jamming Near Toronto
This basement was designed with two teenage boys in mind — one a musician, and the other a gamer. Although the basement was previously finished, interior designer Paula Biondi gave it a...
Basement of the Week: Rustic Sophistication in the Blue Ridge Mountains
When a family was having this home built in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, they let their team fly free and have fun designing the lower level. The woodsy mountain surroundings inspired rustic finishes, while the home theater inspired some...
Basement of the Week: Apartment-Style Living (and Partying)
When interior designer Robin LaMonte and her husband, Steven, saw this Atlanta home, they knew it was the one. They loved the structure’s potential and, of course, the...
Basement of the Week: Casual Luxury in Toronto
These homeowners love their newly finished basement so much, one of them wants to swap our the master bedroom upstairs for one of the bedrooms down here. “The style upstairs is more rustic, and my clients wanted to do something totally different down...
Basement of the Week: Luxurious and Lovely in Tennessee
“But where will we put my LeRoy Neimans?” asked homeowner Bill, after the home decorating was done upstairs. “Our firm had completed a lot of work throughout this home, but there simply wasn’t a good space where his favorite artwork would fit...
Basement of the Week: Shipshape Style on a Tight Budget
It’s amazing what can be done on a tight budget. Spending around $3,000, and with a fair amount of sweat equity, interior designer Liz Miller and her husband transformed their dark basement into a crisp and bright playroom their whole family can enjoy....
How to Get Your Basement Lighting Right
Basements are the ultimate blank canvas. Should you go with a man cave or a family room? An entertaining zone or an extra living space? No matter what purpose you choose, for the basement to truly be a part of the home, you need to light it that way....
Basement of the Week: A Creative Space for Kids and Storage for All
Interior designer Justine Sterling was tired of her family’s having to enter their lovely colonial home through a dank basement, and craft projects had...
Room of the Day: Game On in Sacramento
The owners of this Sacramento, California, home wanted to create the ultimate space for hosting their weekly card games, but with no room on the main living floor, they played the hand they were dealt and looked below the house. In the basement they found...
Basement of the Week: Newly Finished and Open to the Outdoors
These hardworking homeowners needed a place where they could entertain their friends, relax and train community volunteers, and where their young son could have a space of his own. Once John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino of Brunelleschi...
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