You don’t earn titles like “real estate mogul” and “king of income properties” without tackling a basement reno or two, or in Scott McGillivray’s case, a hundred or so. Here, we’ve gathered our favourite renovations by Scott, the very best of his basement makeovers. See how Scott transformed these underwhelming basement dwellings into useful modern spaces.
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Open Shelving Saves Space
Doesn’t this basement apartment feel like a New York loft? A bulky bookcase would take up valuable floor space, but white open shelves disappear into the background.
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Clean and Cozy
A basement fireplace gets a clean bill of health with white paint and a new mantel. Modern couches and a graphic rug add cool factor.
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I Like Your Accent
A high, bright basement can handle a wall of pure pattern, so don’t be afraid to get bold.
Barn Door Beauty
This sophisticated space, with its glam kitchen and pulled-from-Pinterest barn door, shakes up the stereotypical basement apartment.
Living Room for Two
A cozy loveseat and outdoor-inspired side chair create a small seating area grounded by the bold rug which draws the eye in.
Wood-n’t You Want to Live Here?
Puns aside, this wooden accent wall is like a totally cool update on the paneled rec rooms of the seventies.
Storage, Storage Everywhere
Yes, that’s a small kitchen, but look closer. There’s storage above the sofa, and built-ins all along the wall. Add modern decor and you’ve got the perfect pied a terre.
Bring a Bit of Drama
A black, panelled wall isn’t the first thing you think of when decorating a basement dining room, but this space proves that a big impact isn’t off limits.
Trick of the Eye
The chair rail brings the eye up, making this basement seem taller. A darker colour on the top half adds contrast.
You Can Do Traditional in a Basement
If it wasn’t for the basement-size windows, you’d never know this classic living room was underground — but the windows feel five feet tall thanks to floor-to-ceiling drapery.
Pick a Palette
Want to makesa small space feel put together in a hurry? Choose a palette and stick to it, like this yellow, black and neutral living room.
Cool and Contemporary
This is basically the most zen basement, ever. We love that sliding wooden screen for extra privacy.
Traditional With a Twist
The rolled arm sofa and nailhead-trim chairs say traditional, even a little bit formal. But the glass and bamboo coffee table says things aren’t always what they seem.
Rethink Your Art Placement
When you’re dealing with the typical basement windows, it can be tricky to figure out how to arrange larger scale art. Let Scott and his team do the thinking for you — low-hanging art is the way to go.
Open Concept Cutie
Placing the couch so the back is to the kitchen makes the entire space feel bigger, and creates the feeling of a separate living room.
One Room Becomes Two
A sleek daybed turns the office into a guest bedroom without sacrificing the space.
Light and Bright
A light, neutral palette makes a basement apartment seem brighter. Just add a few accents in a soft pattern (like the chair and ottoman here) and you’ve got a finished space.
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