Architectural Details for Basement Remodeling Northern Virginia Homeowners

Filed Under: Basement    by: Steve Kayhill

Many Northern Virginia residents use architectural details to provide an upscale design in their finished basement. But many others miss the opportunity to create drama and add personal touches with various architectural elements. For basement remodeling Northern Virginia homeowners will truly value, be sure to include these elements.


Crown Molding and Ceiling Details

Basements often have lower ceilings, and your basement renovation may require drop ceilings. Add crown moldings to any ceiling design for extra depth and character. This reverse trim—the thicker portion rests against the ceiling, with a thinner profile below—creates the look of a higher ceiling by drawing the eye up.

Molding can also be used to accentuate certain parts of the ceiling, or create a decorative feature. Are you including an accent wall or art niche? Use crown molding to dress up the area, along with other trim to frame special wall space. Other ceiling details include medallions, paint effects and decorative shapes.

Beadboard and Paneling

Wood paneling has long been a mainstay in finished basements, but modern paneling provides so much more. Consider using beadboard on walls and ceilings to create a beach theme or cover the bottom of your walls in paneling for an attractive, low maintenance finish.

Paneling can also be used to create texture on expansive walls, or draw visual lines between different spaces. Many basement remodeling Northern Virginia projects include open rooms designed for a variety of functions. Set one area apart with painted out paneling or beadboard, such as a craft corner or reading nook in a larger games room. This type of detail makes your basement living space look coordinated and well designed, adding greater value to your home.

Baseboards

Almost every room in your home includes baseboards, and many homeowners miss the importance of this particular detail. Skimping on baseboards or installing standard styles may save you a few bucks on the basement renovation budget, but larger, more substantial baseboards will truly set off your downstairs living space.

Look at the baseboard offerings at your local building materials supply store. Many offer double and triple profiles, transforming this simple detail into something dramatic. Think about the color as well—white baseboards work well with many different paint colors and finishes, while stained wood trim and baseboard add a sense of style when paired with light, neutral walls. Remember to be consistent across all trim, including those on the doors and windows.

Baseboards also help to cover gaps necessary for engineered wood flooring applications. Use baseboards along the stairs to connect your finished basement with the upper floors, and carry the same or similar trim through the balance of your home for continuity.

Architectural details create the ideal levels of comfort and design for basement remodeling Northern Virginia homeowners love to live in. Be sure to include crown molding, paneling and/or beadboard and unique baseboards in your finished basement. These small touches make a big impression for your family and increase the value of your property in the long run.