We are looking to finish our basement. The only requirements we have is that we need to add a bedroom with a closet and bathroom.
We have young children so we need lots of storage and light, and a fun place for them to play (maybe a dance stage, chalkboard wall, etc)
We would also like an inviting basement that the adults can relax and socialize and watch television in that first main family room off the stairs.
One room has a marked area where the water heater and HVAC is located and would probably be best used as unfinished storage or minimal finish/use.
Our general style preference is similar to what you would find in a Restoration Hardware or Pottery Barn.