We all know heading to the basement in a horror movie is never a good idea. Despite their cinematic reputation, basements are a versatile space in the home, a fact their design evolution over the decades can attest to.
As with other rooms in the house–like bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms–basement design has ebbed and flowed over the decades. Their functionality and design, including flooring, are heavily influenced by the happenings of the wider world.Image via jamiekop on Flickr, CC BY-ND 2.0
1950s: The beginning of basement evolution
Before the 1950s, basements were mainly crawl spaces and cellars. The combination of post-Second World War industrialization and the introduction of concrete transformed these dank, dark, cramped spaces…
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