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Taking Basements to a New Level

Effective lighting, space planning, and lots of storage are even more important below grade

Extending your living space downstairs—to the basement—doesn't have to mean lowering your expectations. Proper lighting, well-designed architectural details, vibrant colors, and comforts typically associated with above-grade rooms can help transform that forbidding space below into a place where you and your family want to spend time. True, there are many challenges inherent in remodeling lower levels—low ceilings, dampness, and poor lighting, coupled with the need to preserve storage area and utility access. But all of these can be overcome with good design, appropriate materials, and a bit of ingenuity.

From Inspired House5 , pp. 64-70 July 1, 2004