A Home Tour Worthy Basement Renovation
Barbara’s house was featured on the 2010 Del Ray House and Garden Tour, each room carefully and thoughtfully designed and decorated, like every fabulous home on the bi-annual tour always is. But there was one area of the house that wasn’t on the tour, the basement. Unfinished and unloved, it was not a happy place.
Barbara loves to entertain, and she really wanted more space for out-of-town guests to feel at home. She enlisted the help of relatives from New York, who just so happen to be contractors (always great to have a skilled contractor in the family!). They spent several months off and on to meticulously finish the project, making sure the work was done right and done well. And their hard work shows.
The finished room has that unbasement-like quality we all want. Even without loads of natural light, you don’t feel like you’re partially underground. The first thing you notice when you head downstairs is Barbara’s choice of color.
The sectional from West Elm adds a brilliant pop of red, complemented throughout the room with blacks, whites, and chrome finishes. The black coffee table is a custom piece from Rajack Designs and the black and white animal print rug (which we also saw on this home tour) comes from IKEA. The sectional turns into two twin-sized beds, perfect for overnight guests.
Along the far wall is a fully functioning wet bar with white cabinets (from Home Depot) and black granite counter tops (from Granite Man) that blend seamlessly into a black chalkboard-painted backsplash. (I have a soft spot for chalkboard paint since I used it on one of my kitchen walls.)
Above the bar is one of many odes to Barbara’s beloved dachshund.
One way to make a basement seem less like a basement is through lighting. Barbara chose a creamy off-white for the walls that reflects the light from multiple sources such as table lamps and recessed ceiling lights.
This terrarium trio on the chrome and glass console table behind the sofa is a great way to add a little air-purifying greenery, even in low-light locations.
Hidden behind the bar is a full bath painted in a beachy blue-gray color, with more accents of black, white and chrome. The tile comes from A & S Granite, the bathroom vanity from overstock.com, and the glimmering mirror is from Home Goods. There’s even a large walk-in shower finished with miniature mosaic tiles that wraps around the back of the door.
I’m so in awe how Barbara transformed that once dingy basement into a warm and comfortable living space that now fits in with the rest of her home. Her smart color and lighting choices and playful yet sophisticated accents give me lots of ideas for improving my own basement. I sense a long-term project on the horizon.