In a previous blog article (April 2015) , I talked about homeowners doing more with less, and making creative use of the square footage they had available. Another great way to extend one’s living experience is through the addition of a walkout, or daylight, basement. Walkout basements are typically built on a sloped yard so that a portion of the basement can be above ground to allow for doorways (often sliding glass) and windows to allow light in. They offer flexible space and are ideal for creating additional square footage. Oftentimes walkout basements are open to allow for a number of potential uses—including an extra family room, an additional bedroom, an entertainment room, or even a storage or utility room.
The following are just some suggestions for converting your basement into functional space:
Young families with two or more kids are always looking for more space. Rather than buying a new house, converting your walkout basement into a cozy den or family room can do wonders. They serve as a place to gather and watch movies or television, play games, or simply hang out. Kids will be able to keep many of their toys, stuffed animals, or knickknacks downstairs to keep the main floor clutter-free. It’s also a great way for kids to “camp out” indoors and give parents a much needed break upstairs.
It used to be that families would convert the attic into an extra bedroom—as demonstrated to the world by Greg Brady on The Brady Bunch. A walkout basement is equally effective, as it tends to be better insulated and more energy efficient in both the hot summer months and frigid winter nights. This extra bedroom is perfect for teenagers who want extra space. It’s also a good choice when you have relatives or friends visiting.
This is the most popular choice for teenagers. The walkout basement creates lots of options for R & R, or just hanging out. It has the potential to serve as a pool room, or a gaming/video room, among other things. Adults can convert this room into a home theater, as well as a trendy entertainment hub that contains a great sound system, a wet bar, and a kitchen for small group parties.
Dads of every age have always dreamed of having their own man cave to do whatever they want, which usually means a place to relax or watch sports with friends. Moms like the functionality and flexibility it provides, serving either as a laundry room, a storage space, a mud room, or even a workout/exercise room.
Something for every family
No matter what your age or interests, every family can dream up constructive ideas to convert their open basement space into fun, functional rooms that become integral to their living experience. A finished walkout basement is a smart and economical way to get more out of your house and even add extra resale value, as houses with functioning basement areas tend to appraise higher. This is truly a space that has unlimited options–it simply depends on what you choose to make of it.
View our collection of plans designed with walkout basement living space HERE.
Keep in mind: A walkout basement can be added to nearly any home plan in our design portfolio, either by our in-house designers or by your local architect or engineer!
To learn more about walkout basements, visit dongardner.com or call one of our professional DAG representatives for specific questions or to discuss options: 800.388.7580.