Who wants a boring old basement door? Doors are the first thing you see when you walk in and the last thing you see when you go out. If you’re ready to open up your mind and unlock your creativity, we’ve got just what you need! These creative ideas will inspire all kinds of new possibilities for your exterior basement door.
1. Textured Glass and Brick Stairway
One of the best things about textured glass is that it allows privacy while still letting in natural light. Textured glass is also relatively affordable, making it a great option if you want to add some extra personality without breaking the bank.
2. French Style Doors Under the Deck
The basement door is often underneath patios and decks. One great thing about this sort of entrance is that it can easily be spruced up like any other home exterior door—you merely need some tiles or pavers to bring unique style into your space! This idea is full of style, with custom masonry and paned windows.
3. Bungalow Beachhouse Door With Portico
If you’re looking for a touch of elegance, a portico is a perfect addition to your exterior basement door entrance. It can really class up the entrance to your home. The paned glass let’s the sunshine in—great for a beach house.
4. Small Staircase to Trap Door
Wooden basement escape doors are an excellent option for anyone looking for an easy and affordable way to improve their home’s security. This affordable option is perfect for a small space for an exterior trap door/window.
5. Craftsman Style Door
This traditional Craftsman-style door has glass panes. Metal railing and bricks weather nicely and can add a touch of rustic charm to your home. They also stand up to harsh weather, making them a good choice for homes in colder climates.
6. Textured Metal Door
Here’s a simple idea for a home or building—if you’re looking for a sleek and minimalist exterior basement door, this design is perfect. The metal trap door has a diamond pattern metal texture that gives it a bit of interest and style. Plus, it’s easy to operate and maintain.
7. DIY Window Panes
This makeover really took the door from scary to smooth. The windows in my basement were dirty and rotted. This is another Craftsman door that offers plenty of natural light, and it’s night and day compared to the wood “windows” that were on the old door.
8. Light and Bright French Doors
French doors to the basement can add some style to your home. They’re perfect for homes with a rustic or cottage style too. These aren’t the best for privacy, but they let in natural light, perfect for a home office or guest room within an enclosed yard.
9. Hidden Door
If you’re looking for a sleek and modern exterior basement door, consider switching to a hidden door. The homeowner decided to take the area above the old bulkhead door and add another entrance. These type of custom doors are easy to operate and maintain, and it provides privacy and security.
10. Plastic Bulkhead Door
There are many easy ways to spruce up traditional-style bulkhead doors. This Polyethylene basement door is affordable and easy to install, with no paint needed. It is a nice option if you’re looking for an easy and quick way to update your exterior basement door. Plus, it’s weather-resistant and easy to clean.
11. Large Automatic Trap Door
If James Bond or Batman had a farm, they would surely install one of these secret trap doors. Secret doors offer a unique level of privacy and security for your home. Not only are they cool, but they can also be a great way to keep your family and belongings safe.
12. Hidden Springloaded Hatch
This hidden basement door is perfect if you want to keep your privacy and security. It’s easy to operate due to the gas spring lift assistance, which provides a smooth, easy, one-handed operation. A hidden entrance is also perfect if you want to hide your basement from view to keep all your valuables.
13. Creative Secret Garden Shed
Is it a doghouse? Is it a garden shed? This creative idea took a regular bulkhead entrance and disguised it as a wooden shed. This is a clever idea for a hidden basement door. By looking at it, you can’t tell that it’s actually a door to the basement.
14. Fresh Paint and New Hardware
Old homes often have a rustic or vintage feel, and swinging barn-style basement doors can be a perfect solution. They add character while also providing easy access to the basement. Plus, they’re easy to operate and open up a lot of space for moving things in and out.
15. Hidden Entrance Under the Deck
If you’re looking for a way to hide your basement entrance, you can try disguising it as a hatch. Just like with a regular modern marine hatch, this door is easy to operate since it has spring action. This is an exciting way to use the space above the door.
16. Window Well for Small Opening
Here’s an idea that works for 5-foot openings. The glass on this door lets in light and makes a great escape. This window well is a good way to keep moisture out of your basement while also adding more appeal to your home. The well is made with heavy-duty plastic resistant to UV rays and weathering.
17. Plastic Extensions
Here is an idea if you want something practical and easy. This plastic bulkhead is extra-long. These plastic extension panels can help you increase the length of your door. One of the benefits of having a more extended basement door is that it can provide you with extra insulation.
18. DIY Traditional Masonry
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Classics never go out of style. This idea features traditional masonry. If you’re into DIY and good with your hands, you can totally pull this off! All you need is a little bit of know-how and some basic tools.
19. Custom Bilco Style Basement Doors
If you already have a sturdy door, sometimes all it needs is some love and a coat of paint. Bilco style basement doors are a great option because they are weather-resistant and provide easy access. The exterior basement door in the picture is the perfect compliment to this 100-year old home.