From Drab to Fab: How to Design a Basement for Entertaining

by admin on March 16, 2013


Once just a dark, damp place for storage, the basement is fast becoming one of the most flexible, functional, and even elegant places in the home. Basements are perfect for everything from a home gym to a home office to an in-law suite.

But basements are also a great way to create an entertaining space that can work for almost any entertaining style or event, from casual to formal. As a Des Moines home builder, our commitment to Woman-Centric Design means that we help families create a home that’s ideal for their personal entertaining style.

Here are just a few current and recent Castle Pointe Homes projects that incorporate entertaining elements into the basement design to spark your imagination. Download our free custom home planning guide for even more ideas.

Walk Out Basement


A walk out basement, such as this one that is currently under construction in Urbandale, is a great way to create a bright basement space that doubles as a place for indoor/outdoor entertaining in the Summer months. Position outdoor access away from patios and other overhangs to create a brighter space in darker Winter months.

Bar & Bath

Never miss the game-winning touchdown due to a snack run with a built-in bar like this one in a recently completed Castle Pointe Home. Make entertaining easy with an installed sink, refrigerator, icemaker, and wine fridge. An extended bar with stools makes a great conversation area.

Add a full bath for a flexible space that can double as a guest room when entertaining friends and family from out of town.

Flexible Design

As a Woman-Centric Builder, we understand that homes have to be flexible enough to serve many purposes for busy families. We can help you design a basement that is party perfect for any occasion. This recently completed home by Castle Pointe features a basement with a fireplace for hosting a cozy winter movie night with a mini-kitchen for serving up fresh popped popcorn and root beer floats. The open layout works equally well for a teen dance party, neighborhood game night, or last minute game of poker.

Of course, Woman-Centric Design is about more than entertaining. At Castle Pointe Homes, we help families create a custom home that incorporates all aspects of Woman-Centric Design, including storage (perfect for storing party platters or a fold up card table and chairs), flexibility (ideal for creating a basement that does double duty as both an entertaining space and a craft room), and de-stressing (every hostess deserves a relaxing soak in the tub after the last guest has gone home).

What’s your idea of the perfect basement for entertaining? At Castle Pointe Homes, you can build your home any way you want. Contact us for an initial consultation and find out more about how Woman-Centric Design, combined with our local expertise of Des Moines custom homes, can help you turn your dream home into a reality.

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