Soon, homeowners around Minnesota will start spending more time indoors to stay warm through the winter. Because they’re staying home more, they want their space to be something they can enjoy. Basements are much more than an extra space for storage—they’re the perfect place to relax and spend time with family. Contractors should be aware of the current basement remodeling trends that homeowners may be asking for:

Wet Bar

One great way to entertain guests is to add a wet bar, complete with cabinets and shelving, and even amenities like a built-in mini fridge. These wet bars are much more than extra countertop space, and they can be designed to fit any aesthetic.

Open Concept

Many homeowners are having contractors knock down walls before starting with a new design. Open-concept basements make the space feel much bigger, and that leaves room for large couches that may have not fit before.

Good Lighting

Without proper lighting, the basement quickly becomes a dark space. If the basement is a walk-out, then large windows and doors allow natural light to do most of the work. However, most homes in this area have underground basements, so you’ll need to rely on artificial light.

Separate Spaces

Some homeowners dislike an open-concept basement, but they don’t want each room to feel closed-off. Adding sliding barn doors or arched doorways allows the space to have designated rooms while still maintaining a spacious feeling.


Nobody wants to go all the way upstairs to use the bathroom during the middle of a movie night—instead, homeowners are opting to add a half or full bath in the basement. Full baths are ideal for those who have guests over often, giving them privacy away from the rest of the house.

Natural Tones

Be prepared to use a lot of natural wood tones, whether it’s for cabinetry or millwork. Natural, earthy tones create a warm and inviting appearance, perfect for making the basement feel like a relaxing getaway. Basement remodels can be a big investment, so homeowners tend to choose timeless design elements that won’t go out of style any time soon.

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