Although this basement was previously finished, our clients just didn’t feel that it was comfortable enough for entertaining, particularly in the cooler winter months. Our team worked with the clients to achieve a comfortable space that is also flexible for different types of entertaining.
More comfortable space for entertaining
Space to display sports memorabilia, which was stored in boxes
Dedicated space for exercise
Space for a pool table
Flexible space for entertaining friends and for grandkid visits
DESIGN & PLANNING
Our design team went to work figuring out how to fit all of our clients wishes into the odd-shaped space. Once this was resolved, our mechanical contractor designed an in-floor heat system to keep feet warm and toasty, as well as provide some general room heating for the colder months. Our cabinet company came up with some creative solutions to provide storage without using a lot of floor space. In addition, some space planning was done to make sure that our clients important treasures and memorabilia will fit in the new space.
After demolition and some minor re-framing, our mechanical contractor got to work on the extensive in-floor heat system. The in-floor heat system is powered by a boiler which feeds tubing in the floor. This tubing is then encapsulated in liquid cement. This process has the added bonus of flattening out any imperfections in the floor, which makes floor installation much easier. Our electricians installed plenty of lighting and power for all of the electronics. After inspections, we turned things over to the drywallers and painters before installing the flooring and finishing touches.
The powder room features a floating walnut vanity as well as a nice-sized built-in storage unit. If desired in the future, another owner could remove this storage unit and place a shower in this location. The gaming area features comfortable seating for a chat while others play slots or pinball. A “hidden” trap door in this area allows access under the stairs for storage without a bulky and obvious door. Family photos and memories are tastefully displayed throughout the area. The exercise area features space for a treadmill and yoga mats, with large custom framed mirrors to keep track of your progress.
Moving into the entertainment area, a built-in solid walnut bar features a mirrored backsplash tile to make the space feel larger. In addition, a pull-out workspace gives space for mixology and tucks back into the unit when not in use. 2 fridges are recessed under the stairs to maximize floor space. A large custom walnut table with Granicrete top can be moved dependign on the size of the group.
The rear area of the basement includes room for a pool table and displays our clients collection of memorabilia. A custom walnut and glass cabinet includes internal lighting to show off the treasures, while jerseys hang on the wall to the side. Custom lighting makes sure that billiard players can see just where their shot is going. A wainscot accent wall adds dimension without distraction.
Vinyl plank flooring throughout the basement cleans easily and looks great. A rich color palette and a rich matte finish from Hirshfields paint adorns the walls and ceilings. All lighting is installed with dimmer switches or smart switches for maximum control over the mood at all times. We are grateful to these amazing clients for allowing us some creative freedom to come up with a functional space that also looks great.
Brian and Julie Widiker