Slide 1: Beautifully Divided


Popular HGTV designer Candice Olson proves once again that she can transform any space into a comfortable and functional family area. The island behind the sectional divides this basement into two separate spaces, one for living and one for craft projects. In a smart touch, the TV can be viewed from both areas.

Life Underground: 10 Beautiful Basement Makeovers

Is it time to give your basement a new look? Because many underground living spaces suffer from the same problems, such as low ceilings and small windows, you'll find that lots of homeowners and designers have already hit on some great solutions for making the most of these downstairs spaces. A well-executed basement makeover can provide your family with extra living space, and may even save you the time, money, and hassle of moving to a larger home. Before embarking on an extreme basement makeover, however, think carefully about how the project could best benefit your family. Do you need space for a special hobby? Do you want to showcase a favorite collection? Do you need a home office, or would a place for teenagers make more sense? Think about resources you already have in the house. For example, do you have mismatched furniture you could repurpose to save money in the basement? The right furniture is important; smart furniture placement can help create multiple work/living spaces in one large area. To find ideas and inspiration for your own basement renovation, check out these 10 basement makeovers and take note of what makes each one work.

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