Lower Level Remodeling
Thank you for continuing to take the time that you have to visit our Lower Level Showroom.
"We built this home nine years ago with the hope of some day finishing off the basement to look like an up north tavern", was the introduction I received at our first consultation visit. "You see we love the Packers, watching them on TV, going to the games, and having lots of people over to enjoy a game. There is just something, a feeling you get watching the game, sitting at the bar, and that Knotty Pine surrounding you that makes it feel different and special".
This house is a quality built, brick, modified Tudor. Hardwood floors, six panel doors, Oak Colonial casing, numerous built-ins, and a stone natural fireplace are a few of its amenities. The thought of creating a tavern atmosphere in this elegant home must have been subconsciously reflected by the horror showing on my face! "We are open to your professional opinion and design ideas though".
This was an unfinished space so our canvass was blank to begin with. After a long discussion, learning what the client truly wanted to accomplish, and a bit of persuasion regarding maintaining a symmetrical feel throughout the home, we found common ground.
The bar was indeed an important element, as was the Knotty pine, a built in entertainment area, an exercise room, a space for freestanding bookcases, access to unfinished storage and mechanical systems, and open area to accommodate game tables and furniture.
To address the Knotty Pine element, tongue and grooved, Knotty Pine bead board was used around the entire perimeter as a wanes coat and it was incorporated into the column surround details. A custom built wet bar with brass rail was field fabricated to include a back bar area that conceals a refrigerator and liquor storage. Six panel doors were used to tie in with the elements incorporated upstairs as well as a set of French doors to the exercise area that contributes to the open plan of the space. In order to create a natural extension of the home "feel" in the lower level, a portion of the stair wall was opened and a pine balustrade was installed. The entertainment center was custom built to the size of the HDTV and surround sound components out of Knotty Pine material. Carved out niches, wall angles, and drywall soffits that hide the ductwork and plumbing lines create a visually interesting space. And, a combination of recessed lights, under cabinet lighting, and wall sconces not only illuminate this project but they help to direct your attention away from the fact that there is only one I6x32" window in the entire space.