By: Madeline PillowMaking the Most of a Basement Renovation Basements are the one room in the house that get the least amount of attention. They have middle child syndrome –bad. They get stuck storing items that can’t fit elsewhere. They watch as the kitchen gets upgraded with dove-tail drawers and the master bath gets a facelift by expanding the shower and dropping the deadweight tub. And they grind their teeth and fester in their irritation.