Merit Award: Basement Makeover

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

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Challenge: Create a livable space in a low-ceilinged basement formerly used as a dog kennel. Exposed ceiling joists give a sense of height. Shelves in the masonry showcase the homeowners’ eclectic artwork. Judges appreciated: the “excellent layout” and “creativity and use of space.”

Location: Pittsburgh
Contractor and Designer: Matt Roule and Chad Carter, 131Shapes, Pittsburgh, Pa.

See list of all 2008 RDA winners.