Merit Award: Basement Makeover

Creative design elements go a long way toward transforming this low-ceilinged basement into an inviting living space.

The design program for this small basement (originally used as a dog kennel) included a bar, a full bathroom, an entertainment and living area with a fireplace, an artistic waterwall feature, and enhanced storage space. The clients wanted artistic elements that could fit into a small budget.

The clients, eclectic art collectors, were looking for a space they could describe as "Mexican Sushi restaurant."

New bath.

Bamboo details add a surprise element, which appear at the bottom of the stairs, on the hand rail, and cast into the water wall.

Exposed joists add a unique visual element as well as height to the low-ceilinged rom. 131Shapes sanded and used a clear finish on the joists, then built a bulkhead around the mechanicals.

The fireplace has a copper laminate over medium-density fiberboard. Bending MDF tops the mantel.

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