Custom Finished Basements
Finished lower levels are in high demand for Louisville homebuyers, as many people are looking for separate spaces to pursue their hobbies and enjoy a little bit more “elbow room.” The average Louisville luxury custom home has about 3,000 to 4,000 square feet of space on the main level, which creates a sizable footprint down in the basement where a dream space can be built to accommodate a wide variety of interests and functionality.
According to Jason Black, President of Artisan Signature Homes, some lower level “must-haves” include:
• “Man Cave” or hobby space that can double as kids play area during the day
• Open concept media rooms with large projectors or 85” LCD screen
• A wet bar with decorative cabinetry, durable tile floor, appliances, a mini sink, and lots of extra seating
• 1-3 additional TVs behind the bar for sports fans who want to watch multiple games at once
• Recreational space with air hockey, fooseball, ping pong and pool tables
• Mixed use craft and wrapping rooms where families can interact and plan the holidays
• A closed-off bedroom with an attached bathroom that may also be accessed from elsewhere
• An additional half bath adjacent to the wet bar
• Fitness space with mirrored walls, rubber floors or engineered hardwood with mats for the true “gym” feel
When designing these spaces, Black says there are a few practical considerations unique to basements. For instance, they set up wiring and panel boxes to be accessible for future maintenance. They hide structural steel beams with rustic wood beams, stone accents or brick arches. Flooring-wise, they can’t put in a traditional hardwood floor, as it will warp or buckle with moisture contact. Instead, people are going with engineered wood up against a moisture buffer or even durable tile and luxury vinyl products, reserving carpeting only for the family area.
Black wraps up the Luxury Custom Home Builder Podcast with a discussion of how Artisan Signature Homes approaches the initial design and construction of a finished basement – whether it’s negotiated ahead of time or done later. He also talks about whether or not modern lower levels have walkouts directly from the basement or if the designs are trending toward flatter lots. Some of these considerations may help you plan the design of a lower level space that helps your family spread their wings.