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Basement Interior Design

 

The design of basement interior is a specialized skill. In absence of natural light and air, interior design of basement requires more attention and care to fulfill requirement of house owner.

The basement interior design should be highly considered as compared to design of any other room. It is better that ‘basement interior design’ should be approved from professional interior designer who knows his job well.

A basement is very functional space and can be used to enjoy more fun in different ways. Basement can be used as gym, game room, kids play room, home office, store, pool table space, bar or even home theater. The basement interior design is costly than the space to be designed above ground.   

Home theater in basement

Home Theater in Basement

(This Picture is Contributed by "Ahmed")

Some problems faced during ‘Basement Interior Design’.

  • Low ceiling.
  • Dampness
  • Pipelines
  • Sewerage
  • Low level hanging pipes

Gym in Basement

Gym in Basement

(This Picture is Contributed by "Ahmed")

Points to be consider while designing basement interior 

As the basement is situated at the bottom of building and is either built underground or slightly above ground, interior designer should consider some special aspects or steps while doing basement interior design as given under:

Basement Lighting Tips:

  • Arrangement of artificial lighting while basement design to compensate absence of natural light.
  • Workspace lighting having separate control should be added where necessary.
Basement Ventilation Tips:
  •  Installation of windows towards road/street side above ground up to slab level.
  •  Exhaust fan is provided in the space between the ground and roof of basement towards road side.
  • If basement is fully underground, the air is exhausted through duct (pipe) above top roof.
  • Faux windows /open space with duct may be provided to counteract effects of enclosed space.
  • Air conditioning is done in absence of natural air.
  • Vent is provided to give natural ventilation.
Other Tips for Basement Interior Design
  • To make independent use of basement, toilet facility is provided with the walls towards road or street.
  • In case of leakage or flood etc. arrangement for pumping water may be provided with outer wall of the basement.
  • The space is designed according to the requirement of house owner.
  • The wall and ceiling are painted according to the use of space.
  • If there is big basement, the space is divided according to the requirement and it should have independent locking arrangement.
  • Electrical pipes, wires and water supply pipes are hidden by paneling with walls so that they can be checked during any fault occurred in the line.
  • In case of large basement area, the number of entrance gate is more than 2 for easy approach and emergency.
  • Fire fighting arrangement is provided while designing the basement.
  • If interior design of basement is done in existing building, care should be taken that dismantling is minimum.
  • Suitable space is made for water heater, furnaces and water storage etc.
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