Monday, February 28, 2011

Steve and Cheryl's Basement

     Steve and Cheryl had a brand new house, not even a year old. Having built the house with the intent of  finishing the basement at a later date, they pretty much knew what they wanted. They had a good jump start on the project as the fireplace was already installed and the plumbing for the bathroom was already roughed in. We came up with a floor plan that made sense for the space, with a few focal points that Cheryl wanted also. One being that she wanted something to draw your attention as you entered the basement. We decided on an alcove area with a recessed shelf, accent lighting, and a bench seat. This made for a warm and inviting place to sit and read a book or watch the pingpong game.
    The other focal point was the entertainment center. They didn't want it to be overbearing or intrusive of the finished space. We decided on recessing the cabinetry so that the t.v. & cabinet would both be flush with the wall. The nice thing about this was that we ordered the cabinets with doors on the front & back so they could have easy access to the media components from the unfinished side as well. The cabinet also had glass doors on the sides & speaker mesh on the center cabinet for the sub woofer (surround sound). All of this together made a nice clean space that worked great for their family.
    We finished off the bathroom with a furniture style cabinet and a vessel sink. This really gave the bathroom a sophisticated look that you don't normally find in a basement bathroom. The floor tile was integrated into the shower tile to tie both areas together. We installed a recessed shampoo shelf in the shower. This is a great way to save space and it looks great too. The bathroom was also connected with the bedroom so that you could use it as a guest room with a private bath, or just a hall bath.
    The finishing touches were made with the installation of the kitchenette cabinets & mini fridge. This offers the kids a convenient place to get refreshments and snacks. They still need mom for the good food though! :)