Whether you have a large basement or a small basement; you can build that family room downstairs for even more room in the home. You can leave the outer walls bricks and apply a sealer and a coat of paint. For the rest of the basement, build walls to separate the family room from the wash area and the furnace and water heater. In other words, add another room to your house by building interior stud walls.
Install a drop ceiling or sheetrock ceiling and some lighting to create a comfortable room.Add an engineered floor, which is great for basements or use a carpeting of some kind for extra cushioning.
Always remember to design the room first, you may wish to make changes if the room size does not fit your needs.
Turning the basement into a nice family room does not cost a lot of money and if done to any dry basement, can raise the resell value of your home. If you do have a wetter basement adding a sump pump helps to eliminate this problem and prevent water in the basement. Since you will not have limited or no windows, plan your lighting accordingly. Many homeowners choose to add a pool table, decorative bar area, or home theater to their finished basement.