Based on old movies, the stereotypical basement is a dark, dingy storage space lit by a single light bulb with a string pull. Laundry was a daunting task of carrying a heavy basket of clothes down a creaky wooden staircase. If laundry isn’t bad enough, I shudder to think of the grisly role that basements play in every horror movie! However, after watching hours of home improvement programming on HGTV and browsing designer photographs on Houzz, I have a new appreciation for finished basement space. Most house plans come with the standard layout: bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchen, living room…but just imagine what you would do with a finished basement. Now you have room for extra bedrooms, billiards, or even a theater!