Almost every finished basement has a recreation room. It might be throwing darts with a wet bar to keep the dart throwers happy or a music room.
Most common in rec rooms are entertainment centers and, recently, big screen TV’s. These centers are ideal for children, who appreciate a place to hang out with their friends, and for parents, who appreciate not having to retreat to the bedroom when the kids have friends over. Fireplaces are popular with all age groups, as much for their cozy feel as for the actual heat they produce. In fact, sitting by the fireplace is the most popular activity in several of the rec rooms.
Basement rooms are excellent places for exercise equipment. Enthusiasts may install a small gym in a separate room.
Regardless of a rec room’s use, you can add interest to it in a variety of ways. An angled or curved wall is fairly easy to build and makes a big impact. You can remove part of the wall along the stairs, adding a newel post, balusters, and a rail to enhance the room’s character and make it easier to move bulky items into the basement. Attractive flooring, subtle or dramatic lighting, a striking painting scheme. All can add flair to your remodel.