Whether you are digging below ground to introduce a new room, extending a space you already have or renovating an old cellar, basement rooms are proving increasingly popular — particularly in built-up areas where there’s little opportunity to add a ear or side extension.
From media rooms to study spaces, playrooms, studios and more, we list some of the best examples of basement projects to leave you feeling inspired.
Reminiscent of a spacecraft, a ‘pavement’-style roof arrangement by Luxcrete brings light to this lower ground play/study area beneath a converted listed barn in the Cotswolds.
The perfect place to entertain, this home cinema utilises the typical darkness of a room below ground to provide a cosy media room, with LED lighting giving subtle brightness when needed.
The garden has been dug out to create a basement kitchen extension in this Victorian terraced house in Oxford, with strategic glazing and sliding doors to the landscaped outside space.
Replacing a small cellar area, this extension houses a contemporary media room with floor-ceiling glazing, covered by a thick curtain for privacy.
This precast concrete basement within a new oak frame home, designed by Oakwrights, acts as a hideaway for the family to enjoy playing games, watching the football, and drinking wine.
The basement in this contemporary self build in London offers space for all the family, including a homework area/playroom for the children (complete with clever built-in cupboards) as well as a home office for the parents.
A glazed balustrade to the staircase offers light and a sense of space to this long lower ground kitchen diner in London. A cosy atmosphere is created through careful ambient lighting while bifold doors open out onto a sunken courtyard.
A full 4m deep cellar was dug beneath this Georgian-style new build property to offer storage space, work and utility rooms, along with extra-deep structural footings. The curved brick design creates the look of traditional cellars in old stately homes.
This glass box extension to a London home features a double-height void to the living area above, while below sits a light-filled studio where the homeowner can paint.
This ultra modern basement, containing a media room, bar and study/gym in the heart of Belgravia, London, ensures natural illumination with sections of glass ceiling creating light wells.