Lower-Level Rec Room
Skip a walkout plan if your basement isn't at grade.
If you want to create a walkout basement (for added brightness and easy exit) in an already built house, it's a big job, but it is possible. "If your house happens to be on a slope so your basement level is actually above grade, it's much easier to do," explains Mike Holmes. A walkout can be created on a below-grade basement too, but the job is much bigger and involves exterior excavations, building retaining walls and addressing drainage concerns. The results are worth it if your basement is very dark and you're looking to have a really bright, livable space.
Toronto designer Sabrina Linn appreciates the combination of elements in this basement family room. "The navy geometric broadloom rug is the grounding element in this space," she notes. "Dark factory finish french doors frame a beautiful view but also create a focal point for an otherwise white room. Layers of mirror, Lucite and sheepskin add reflection and texture."
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