Are you dreaming of a winter oasis to keep you dry from the upcoming storms? One that doesn’t require leaving the house but can provide hours of entertainment? Start dreaming of the many ways you can amuse yourself with the basement renovations of your dreams here in Washington DC.

We’ve all seen the TV shows for amazing basement designs and seen the photos in the magazines. Now it’s time to take these dreams and turn them into your reality. Cozy on up this winter knowing your basement is all the entertainment you’ll need.

Here are some of our favorite ideas:

The Man Cave

What better place to make a cave than in your basement? And let your wife know that it won’t be the Sandlot’s version of the “He Man Woman Hater” cave and that she’ll enjoy this, too. All great man caves center the basement around the TV and bar. Exquisite craftsmen can create a custom designed bar to match your style and space. Then comes the lighting. You’ll want to consider lights on a dimmer so you can get the perfect setting for the big game. Do you have a chimney? Design your basement renovation with a fireplace because who doesn’t love fire? If you have room, we also like to recommend some furnishing touches such as reclining chairs or couches, a pool table or pinball machine, and definitely some bar stools.

Home Theater

Calling all movie buffs! A home theater is a great renovation for you. Create a theater in your whole basement or choose a section. Home theaters are best with tiered seating (preferably couches or recliners as you are in the comfort of your own home!) and a large screen. The dimmer lights are essential to give you the theater experience. Host movie showings at your home as soon as they’re released on DVD and don’t forget the popcorn machine!

Read on for Part 2 of our Basement Renovations Dream List!