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Planning Your Basement Renovation

Basement Renovation Inspiration

Functional Spaces & ideas

Making the Most of Your Basement Renovation

Whether you’re looking to convert your basement into a rental property or create some extra space for your family, a basement renovation is always a great investment.

Finished basements are becoming a “must-have” for many Ottawa homeowners. We’ve helped several Ottawa families design a basement layout that meets their specific needs. 

From creating spacious second living rooms to installing functional, hidden storage, we can use your basement renovation inspiration and turn it into a reality! Below we’ll list a few inspirational ideas for your next basement renovation project.

family of four enjoying a renovated basement with a home theatre
Basement inspiration home theatre with black Lazy Boys and a red curtain background

Cozy Home Theatre

Who doesn’t want to wind down after a long day with some movies or a go-to TV show? Adding a home theatre with cozy furniture and a big screen could be the unique basement renovation idea you’ve been looking for. Perfect for all families and movie lovers, you’ll never want to leave this room once we’re finished with it. Get the experience of a movie screening in the comfort of your own home and contact Magnolia Construction today!

Basement Wet Bar

Make hosting friends and family that much easier with a fully stocked wet bar for all your events. You’ll be the host of the year with running water, plenty of storage space, a refrigerator, trendy bar stools, and a beautiful countertop. If you want to take the entire area to the next level, add a game area or pool table for the ultimate “man cave”.


When looking for basement renovation inspiration, you might want to consider a beautiful fireplace. Fireplaces can be a great way to add a cozy detail to your home while decreasing energy costs. Basements naturally run a bit colder, so having an extra source of heat is always great to keep you and your family warm. It also provides a little nighttime glow once the sun goes down. Fireplaces can often be a beautiful focal point in a room, so including one in your basement renovation can really let you be creative during the renovation process.

Wine Cellars

If you’re a wine connoisseur, making space in your basement for a wine cellar can keep your collection organized and fresh. Since wine is a perishable item, keeping them in a cellar ensures they’re protected from unwanted temperatures or humidity. It also allows them to be properly stored on their side for oxygen flow. Not only do cellars preserve the quality of your wine, but they’re also convenient! With a wine cellar, you can skip the trip to the store and have your wines easily accessible in your home for gatherings and parties. 

Basement area with couches, coffee table, rug, and fireplace
Organized kids toy room with colourful toys, tables, chairs, storage shelves, and a plush patterned carpet

Kids’ Toy Area And Game Room

If you have a family, it’s great to utilize part of your basement as a kids’ area. Using the basement as a place outside your main living space for your family and kids to let their creativity out is a nice trick to keep the rest of your home looking stylish and tidy. 

If you find yourself constantly cleaning your home or picking up toys before any guests come over, a basement kids area could be a perfect idea to incorporate in your basement renovation. 

Add plenty of storage spaces, book shelves, comfortable furniture, and a cozy rug to make this area perfect for your kids.

The Magnolia Promise

Working With Ottawa’s Renovation Specialists

Magnolia is here to design and complete a functional and enjoyable basement renovation for you and your family to enjoy. Work with Magnolia for the best results!

Bringing Your Vision to Life

With years of experience, we’re able to make your basement renovation inspiration into a reality. Work with Magnolia to design and build the perfect basement for you and your family.

Beautiful Results

We consider every detail of your renovation inspiration to ensure spectacular results. Our extensive experience in basement renovations allows us to deliver the best outcomes for every project.

modern basemen renovation


Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions about working with Magnolia Construction on your next home addition project, take a look at some of the common topics when we discuss basement renovation inspiration with our clients. Contact our team today if you have any further questions, we’d be happy to answer them!

The pricing of a basement renovation can vary by tens of thousands of dollars depending on the situation. Nationwide, estimates for finishing a basement can range from just a few thousand dollars to $30,000 or more depending on the types of renovations and high end finishes you’re looking to have completed.

There are two bar types you may have come across during your basement renovation inspiration research. A wet bar (with running water and a sink) or a dry bar (just mixers, liquors, and alcohols but no sink). No matter which bar you choose to go with, always ensure there’s plenty of storage space, a nearby refrigerator (if possible), a decent amount of countertop space, and a comfortable seating area with bar stools.

Egress window requirements for Ontario residents Area for egress windows should be no less than 3.8 feet2. With the dimensions being no less than 15 inches. When you’re browsing basement renovation inspiration ideas, keep this in mind before you commit to any bedroom ideas.

Here are 4 easy ways to upgrade your basement stairs:

  • Lay a beautiful and cozy carpet runner down your stairs
  • Try painting or staining your stair flooring if possible
  • Add a new bannister
  • Decorate the walls next to your stairs with family pictures or framed decor
  • Add wine or storage nook under the stairs

Here are a few basement renovation ideas to make your basement space a bit more cozy:

  • Create cozy den spaces and corners with comfortable furniture and decor
  • Add or jazz up your fireplace area
  • Update your main lighting to a warmer tone and add mood lamps throughout the space
  • Add natural elements like plants and neutral decor
  • Don’t underestimate the power of blankets and (lots of) throw pillows!
Deciding between gas and wooden fireplaces essentially comes down to whether or not the upkeep and maintenance of a wood fireplace is worth it for the look and feel. Although wooden fireplaces can be a beautiful focal point, increase home value, keep heating during power outages, and have a wonderful aroma, there are some downsides. Compared to gas fireplaces, they are more difficult to use, they need more cleaning, and overall are less convenient.