Five Fantasy Basement Designs

Over the past two decades, finished basements have been some of the most popular renovation projects according to the National Association of Home Builders. Everyone has seen home remodeling plans where a basement is finished with a bar, home theater, craft room, or spare bedroom. But there’s a saying, “go big or go home.” What about going big at home? Here are five fantasy basement finishing ideas that will inspire you to go big with your home remodeling plans:



If you can’t get enough of the sensory overload of a casino, you can include a basement casino in your home remodeling plans. Kentucky and Ohio allow private ownership of slot machines as long as they are not used to operate an illegal gambling operation. Used slot machines are used for entertainment only and include the key so that you can reuse your quarters.


If your tastes run more toward video games, a basement arcade may be more your style.


Bowling Alley

If your hobbies include bowling, maybe your home remodeling plans should include a basement bowling alley. Home bowling alleys are not cheap, but you may be able to find used bowling alley lanes, pinsetters, automatic ball returns, and scoring displays.



Whether you collect art, autographed baseballs, or antique glass bottles, you probably need a place to store and display your collection. Maybe a basement design that includes a museum should be part of your home remodeling plans. The layout and the lighting of the basement renovation will be designed to highlight your collection.


Skateboard Park

If you are into extreme sports, maybe your home remodeling plans could include a basement skateboard park. The advantage of having a skateboard park in your basement? You can install padded floors and walls next to your skateboard ramps and rails. You still have to wear a helmet, though.


Basketball Court

This last one might not be for everyone, but dedicated hoops fans might want to include a basement basketball court in their home remodeling plans. The biggest challenge with a basement basketball court is the height needed to accommodate the backboard and rim. If your basement ceiling isn’t tall enough for basketball, maybe a basement hockey rink would fit your space better.



Basement remodeling plans are limited by nothing except the homeowner’s imagination (and the height of the ceilings). Even if your basement design seems like a fantasy, a residential contractor may be able to turn that fantasy into reality.

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