Do you need more living space and want to make use of your dark, unfinished basement? Lisa Worth says room adjacency is super important in making your basement work best for you. Room adjacency is all about putting certain rooms next to each other to create a flow to your basement that makes it highly functional. Take a look at the two different plans below and see why Lisa prefers one over the other.
Plan 1 - NOT THE BEST OPTION AND HERE'S WHY:
- Look at the location of the laundry room. When planning your basement renovation, approach it the same way you would your main floor. Think about proximity, relationships and convenience access. For instance, you would not put the kitchen far from the dining room - that is the golden rule of space planning and the first thing interior designers are taught when space planning.
- Now look at the location of the guest bedroom. Again, do you want to have to go through the media area to reach the guest bedroom?
- A nice aspect of the plan is the sense of entry into the space, as it is quite open, but think of the problems with the acoustics.
Plan 2 - BEST OPTION:
- Note the convenient location of laundry room - no hopping over toys to put a load in.
- The media room is larger and it's off to one end of the basement. Additionally, it has pocket doors, which means no acoustic issues or sound transmission. This is an important consideration when planning a space.
- Although you come down the stairs and face a wall, you can actually remedy this with architectural detailing such as wainscoting.
- Guests can easily come upstairs when they need something and don't have to go across the media room. This gives a sense of privacy.