Modern Basement Design Trends For 2022


A neglected basement is wasted space in many homes across California. Homeowners are missing out on the potential of such a large and versatile room – from social hubs to functional spaces. A basement renovation could be the home addition you didn’t know you needed.

In this article, we will touch upon various basement design trends for 2022 and take a look at how homeowners are adding value to their property. However, before we go into these trends, let’s answer a few frequently asked questions which are important to know before any basement addition or remodeling project.

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How do you layout a basement?

The basement layout will depend on the room’s overall use and how you plan to split it into sections, will the room feature individual areas? Or possibly an additional bathroom?

The simplest way to remodel a basement is by retaining the shape of the ground floor footprint, as that would not require any alteration to the foundations of the building. Keeping the straight walls will also make life easier, but if you wish to add curves, using insulated concrete formwork is probably the best way to avoid any structural work.

If you are planning a basement addition and have the necessary budget, it would be possible to expand it beyond the existing foundations and into the garden or backyard. However, this would be quite a significant project and may result in considerable disruption. This is why it is important to use an experienced basement design and remodeling company with a proven track record to avoid any hiccups and delays.

Do I need a permit to finish my basement in San Jose?

Whether you are based in San Jose, Los Angeles, or anywhere across California, home renovation projects require the correct licensing to be allowed by law, especially if they require changes to the building’s structure, or changes need to be made to the plumbing or electrics.

Speak with your contractor (who should be fully licensed themselves) to find out which permits the project will require and how much it may cost to obtain them. Your remodeling contractor in San Jose will likely know the exact regulations for a build of this type.

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Below are electrical code requirements for a basement in California.

  • A basement can have 10 outlets on a 15 amp breaker and up to 13 outlets on a 20 amp breaker on a single circuit.
  • There is no distance requirement between outlets which are located in a basement.
  • The standard basement electrical outlet height is 15”, as per the National Electrical Code – taken from the bottom of the receptacle box to the level of the floor.
  • You cannot have a barrier below an outlet that extends beyond 25” I.E a counter or shelf.
  • If for any reason, a basement is left unfinished, then there must be at least one ground fault circuit interrupter (GCFI) on each circuit that has an outlet in your basement.

Do you need an architect to finish a basement?

Hiring an architect to plan your basement remodel can be extremely costly, so it would be sensible to use a contractor who can provide these services for you, combined with the project’s overall cost.

SOD Home Group has provided expertise and viable solutions regarding basement remodels in Orange County CA, delivering modern basement ideas and designs across the State since 2008.

Get in touch for a quick consultation about the options available to you.

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Modern basement interior design ideas and trends for 2022

Creating a beautiful, modern basement that adds value to your home and will stand the test of time is easier than you may think, and with these clever design ideas based on current trends, you can start planning your dream basement addition.

Make the most of any available natural light

Increase natural light by utilizing toplights, such as roof windows, glazed exterior panels, or a staircase that uses glass balustrades. Choosing a light paint color can also help emphasize this natural light and create a bright and airy feel.

A light well can be a great option if your basement extends into the backyard, as these features that traditionally sit within decks or patios can help flood the basement with light and free up wall space to be used for other things.

Consider reflective surfaces

Using mirrors is not only a decorative touch, but they can also make a small basement seem much larger to the naked eye and can accentuate light.

Think about creative storage options

Plan your basement storage before the project to ensure you have all the options you need and clutter is avoided. If you are planning a games room, you will need somewhere to store them when they are not being used without impeding on space. This can be achieved with sliding door cupboards or storage space installed within the seating.

You have the freedom to make the basement as fun as possible

As an additional room, you have the license to turn the basement into anything you wish; whether it is a games room for the family, a social space for entertaining, or something completely unique. The room does not necessarily need to follow the overall theme of the house, so make sure you have some fun when designing your new basement.

Many homeowners across the USA dream of having their own bar area to host parties and watch the big game, perfect when combined with a games room. The basement can provide the perfect amount of space for such a luxury.

Do you need functionality over fun?

Of course, it would be nice to have extra space for fun and games but in some cases, the basement needs to serve a function to compensate for a lack of space in other areas of the home. Many Californians use their basement as a custom utility room so a noisy washing machine and dryer are out of the way, and laundry clutter is avoided.

As well as a utility room, the basement may also give you an opportunity to add an additional toilet, or bathroom – an excellent way to increase the value of your home.

Create different zones with space dividers

Keep an open-plan feel but create individual zones for different functions within the basement by installing clever space dividers. These dividers can help separate a lounge area from a space that is used for storage, or utilities, making the basement truly multi-purpose without impacting on style.

Use textures for an impressive finish

Achieve the perfect basement finish by combining different textures to create a modern and contemporary look. White, or light paint, offset again exposed brickwork and timber can provide a beautiful contrast while still maintaining a homely feel.

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Create different zones with space dividers

Keep an open-plan feel but create individual zones for different functions within the basement by installing clever space dividers. These dividers can help separate a lounge area from a space that is used for storage, or utilities, making the basement truly multi-purpose without impacting on style.

Use textures for an impressive finish

Achieve the perfect basement finish by combining different textures to create a modern and contemporary look. White, or light paint, offset again exposed brickwork and timber can provide a beautiful contrast while still maintaining a homely feel.

Reclaimed materials have grown in popularity

Add a bit of history and character to your basement by using reclaimed wood floors, shelving, countertops, stairs, and panels, while giving a new lease of life to materials that may have ended up in a landfill. An environmentally friendly and cost-effective solution.

For more information on how to transform your basement, contact SOD Home Group for a consultation. Expert contractors, working across San Jose, Los Angeles, and California as a whole.

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