Two Factors Not To Overlook When Designing Your Basement Layout

Designing a custom home is a rewarding experience, but it can also be a great deal of work. Your home shouldn't just be relaxing and luxurious, it should also be functional. This is particularly important when it comes to the basement. If you're designing a custom home, make sure you know what key factors not to overlook when planning the layout of your basement.  

Ceiling Height

Don't wait until your basement is completed to realize that the height of the ceiling isn't accommodating of your needs. You can't exactly have vaulted ceilings in this space, but you can definitely have a basement with a ceiling that is too low. Consider how you plan to use the space. Is the basement going to be a bedroom or a place to watch television and socialize?

If so, a lower ceiling probably won't be an issue. However, if you plan to use the area as an exercise space and will have equipment like elliptical and treadmills, don't forget about the extra height this equipment will add. If you fail to factor this in and you're on the taller side, you might not be able to use the equipment safely.  


Plumbing is often an afterthought during the basement design phase. Don't make this mistake. It's always a good idea to add a bathroom to your basement if it's a space you will frequent. Most people assume they can just run upstairs when they need to use the bathroom, but in the middle of a great movie or an exercise routine – are you really going to want to go up and down the stairs?  Probably not.  

When designing the layout of the space, don't forget that the bathroom should be lined up with the main drain for the house. The closer to this main drain you can install the plumbing, the easier and more cost effective this component of construction will be. It's important to note that if you plan to have a bedroom in your basement, most building codes will require that there is also a basement in the space. You can save yourself the extra work later by adding the bathroom now.

When it comes to getting the most out of your basement, and the rest of your home, patience and proper planning is key. As a significant investment, you want to enjoy your custom home for many years to come. Make sure you are taking your time.