Renovate Your Basement to Enhance Your Life
Creating spaces that support lifestyles and increase my clients’ enjoyment of their home is what I love doing most. The value of great design is in the connections it brings to the people using the rooms. I recently completed a basement design project that does just that! It also happens to be quite nice to look at (if I do say so myself!).
Here’s what I created and how I ensured it would be a space for easy entertaining, for enjoying family time and be a source of pride for my clients.
The project began with a blank slate — a 1,400 square foot unfinished basement — that the clients wanted to finish to include:
bedroom or bonus space
space for their custom shuffle board
two closed-off, unfinished storage and utility spaces
The first step was laying out the space to create space for everything they needed. The angled staircase from the main floor posed an interesting challenge when creating the bathroom space and deciding what to best do with the space under the stairs (we decided on a built in bookcase and storage.) The clients wanted to be able to view the TV from the table in the wet bar area and they needed a large open space for the shuffle board the client’s dad made for them. Once the spaces were outlined we began making selections for the bathroom and wet bar.
We used a luxury vinyl tile with a wood look on the basement floor, so I decided to go with a painted cabinet for the wet bar space so we had some contrast. Navy is a great, classic neutral and adds a touch of maturity to the wet bar space. I lightened up the space with light-colored quartz countertops and a multi-colored backsplash that ties the blue cabinets and countertop together. The wood floating shelves add another texture to the space and provide easy-to-access storage space.
This wet bar doesn’t just look good! It has a dishwasher drawer (easy clean up!), an under-counter microwave (pop-corn anyone?), a beverage fridge and a wine fridge. It’s ready to serve! A small round table allows for dining, card games or a place to set up food for a party. The pedestal base ensures that chairs can easily be moved around this table for optimal TV viewing! This space is ready to host a family movie night, drinks with friends or football Sunday.
When designing this space I knew it had to coordinate with the blue in the wet bar area, but we didn’t want a lot more blue in this space. The clients really like the color green and wanted to bring texture to the space with a lot of comfort.
We knew the client had many of his dad’s great engineering drawings. One had already been framed with a navy blue matte, so we asked them to frame 5 more so we could use them to cover one of the walls in the family room with a great touch of blue! When you add a personal touch to your rooms with art it always makes a them feel more complete and tells your story! We also used navy blue on two of the toss pillows.
The custom coffee table, painted in Sherwin-Williams Artichoke, is the green star of the show. I also used green in additional wall art and an ottoman and pillows. The rest of this space has great neutrals to support all of the colors. Two different woods bring texture into the space and the rug and lamps have soft, wavy lines to add some softness and depth to the space. A large, durable sectional and swivel chair provide ample seating for TV viewing and conversation.
When you only have one window in a space you don’t want to cover it, but we knew we’d need something to block the glare on the TV. The shades I selected have two layers that can be operated independently. The back shade is a blackout shade and the front is a grass cloth material that filters light. Great options for controlling light!
Last, but not least, I outfitted the bathroom with materials in classic shapes (hexagon and herringbone), and a simple palette of gray and white. A green wall color brightens up this space. A pocket door saves space and a round mirror and round sconces add those much-needed curves to a bathroom space.
Taking an unfinished space and renovating it to meet the needs of your family and lifestyle is a great way to update not only your home, but your life. Yes, it’s time-consuming and requires an investment, but with the proper guidance it’s all worth it in the end! I was happy to be a part of creating a space that will provide this family memories for years to come.