There is nothing quite as rewarding as working with a blank slate or starting fresh, and for that reason, finishing basements is always an exciting home renovation. The possibilities are endless and for many homeowners, it's their opportunity to put their personal stamp on their home. With so many different options, it's important to do your homework ahead of time, and have a clear picture of how this space is going to be used by your family. Basements can be an extension of your living space or become a designated entertainment area or used for something entirely unique. Today's families are building sports courts, in-home gyms, and even movie theaters to complete their homes and meet their needs. Because your basement tends to be separate from the rest of the house, it also offers the opportunity to bring in a different design style. You can take the basement in your open-living, modern style home, and create a cozier feel using wood beams, stone fireplaces, and a shiplap feature wall. Or take the basement in your traditional style home, and create a retro bar and space for a pool table and large tv, perfect for entertaining friends and family. Basement bars are no longer just a place for pouring a beer, but include wine cellars, beverage drawers, and revised butler's pantry, eliminating the need to go up and down the stairs. The blank canvas of square footage is waiting to be captured.