Toronto designer Barbara Purdy proves that basements can be just as warm and cheerful as upper floors. Tour through her basement reno, complete with a laundry room, cosy media room, queen Murphy bed for guests and a relocated bathroom with glass-enclosed shower. Moving the laundry room and bathroom made the 900-square-foot layout seem much more spacious. Plus, discover how she pinched pennies with Ikea butcher block countertops, a reclaimed wood fireplace mantel and a recovered hand-me-down sofa.

See more photos of their cottage in our June 2011 issue.