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Sleek Basement Remodel Brings the Outdoors In

Kube Architecture, Madden Corp.


  • Janet Bloomberg
  • Mike Madden

Project Status


Room or Space




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Project Description


Transform the basement into a space that serves as an escape from the clients’ busy work lives


To change the space's interior, contractor Mike Madden began with the exterior. An outdoor garden pavilion with a teak slat ceiling brings the outdoors in and creates a lower-level getaway for the homeowners. The openness of the space, with its large folding doors, and the continuation of the teak slats from the interior's ceiling to the outside strengthens the connection between the indoors and out. Inside the basement, a folding wall allows the homeowner to expand or enclose the space; storage compartments seamlessly line a teak wall under the mahogany stair; a side wall hides a television, sound system, and additional storage. Behind a movable panel of frosted glass, a new bathroom includes sleek plumbing fixtures and a mirror that runs nearly the entire length of one wall. Lighting in the basement is a combination of LED and fluorescent, and there is radiant heat in the slab.

Judges' Comments

The judges described the sleek design and seamless storage options of the space as "functional art." They also praised the design's ability to connect the indoors to the outside.

Products Used

Bathroom plumbing fixtures: Dombrach, Toto, Hansgrohe
Bathroom cabinets: custom by Potomac Woodwork
Countertops: custom Corian by Counter Collective
Entry doors: custom by Potomac Woodwork
Fireplace or wood stove: Linear fireplaces
Hardware: Omnia
HVAC: Carrier
Interior doors: Potomac Woodwork
Lighting fixtures: Eagle Light LED and Illuminations
Paints/stains: Benjamin Moore
Windows: Nanawall

Click to see the 17 other winners in the 2014 Remodeling Design Awards.


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