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10 Next-Level Finished Basements from the Remodelista Archives

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10 Next-Level Finished Basements from the Remodelista Archives

April 2, 2019

A far cry from a dimly lit pool table and wood-paneled bar, these basements from the archives are surprisingly stylish and functional. Here’s a look at a few favorites:

Atomic Garden owner Jamie Kidson&#8
Above: Atomic Garden owner Jamie Kidson’s home in Oakland was built with lightwells on the side, which allow natural light into the finished basement where her two young daughters have an art table. Photograph by Mimi Giboin.
Proof that a laundry room can be luxe: This Brooklyn brownstone&#8
Above: Proof that a laundry room can be luxe: This Brooklyn brownstone‘s garden level utility space designed by Gerry Smith Architect. Photograph by Samuel Morgan Photography.
To meet the needs of a young family, architect Annabelle Selldorf relocated the kitchen to the garden floor of their Brooklyn townhome.
Above: To meet the needs of a young family, architect Annabelle Selldorf relocated the kitchen to the garden floor of their Brooklyn townhome.
A family finds additional living space in their Fulham home with the addition of a basement screening room and office. Photograph by Rory Gardiner.
Above: A family finds additional living space in their Fulham home with the addition of a basement screening room and office. Photograph by Rory Gardiner.
The lower level of jewelry designer Kathleen Whitaker&#8
Above: The lower level of jewelry designer Kathleen Whitaker’s LA home is outfitted as her workshop. Photograph by Laure Joliet.
The partially above-ground basement in music producer Nick Gilpin&#8
Above: The partially above-ground basement in music producer Nick Gilpin’s Bath, England, home is used as a “snug” (family room). Photograph by Paul Massey.
Velinda Hellen, one of the designers at Emily Henderson Design, turned the basement of her LA bungalow into a stylish guest suite for her mother-in-law, complete with a fully-functioning kitchen. Photograph by Sara Tramp.
Above: Velinda Hellen, one of the designers at Emily Henderson Design, turned the basement of her LA bungalow into a stylish guest suite for her mother-in-law, complete with a fully-functioning kitchen. Photograph by Sara Tramp.
German design duo Studio Oink turned the dark basement in their clients&#8
Above: German design duo Studio Oink turned the dark basement in their clients’ Washington, DC, home into usable living space. A trick for lighting a low-ceilinged room such as a basement: “It’s the worst decision to use down lights to illuminate the space. Light coming from the ceiling will only accentuate the low ceiling. We decided to create illuminated islands for different purposes: a light behind the bench for reading, and lights on the built-in shelves,” say the designers. Photograph by Matthew Williams, styling by Alexa Hotz from A Luminous, Euro-Style Row House in Washington, DC, Courtesy of Studio Oink.
The garden-level basement of an artist couple&#8
Above: The garden-level basement of an artist couple’s York townhouse is outfitted as a vacation rental. Photograph by Jan Baldwin from Perfect English Townhouse.
The garden level of this Brooklyn townhouse houses a media room, au pair quarters, and a recording studio, among other things. Photograph by Matthew Williams.
Above: The garden level of this Brooklyn townhouse houses a media room, au pair quarters, and a recording studio, among other things. Photograph by Matthew Williams.

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