After living in their Village of West Clay spec house for seven years and welcoming three beautiful grandchildren into the family, the homeowners knew they needed to expand their living space into the basement in order to accommodate their growing family. “We love to entertain; however, we quickly ran out of room after adding three grandchildren and developing a large circle of neighborhood friends.”
Not only did the homeowners dream of a spacious and functional basement, they also dreamed of a basement that tells the story of the their shared hobby – antiquing. “When we married 43 years ago, we immediately developed a passion for collecting antiques. Incorporating our collection was key during the design phase.” Read below for the exclusive details that came together to transform their unfinished basement to their dream entertainment space.
To give the shower the sought after “classic” look, 3 x 6 inch Carrara Gris tile in a brick lay was used for the shower walls. Due to the original framework of the bathroom, an awkward corner was transformed into functional storage space using “Designer White” Corian shelves. To complete the look, chrome shower fixtures, including the Moen “Kingsly” shower fixtures and semi-frameless shower door, were installed.
After finding the idea on Pinterest, the homeowners found two antique dressers to be used as linen storage and the bathroom vanity. A recessed opening was built underneath the staircase to accommodate the built-in dresser. To convert the chest into a working vanity, the drawers were modified in depth to give the needed space for plumbing. A custom template was used to cut out the area in the countertop to perfectly fit the sink and faucet. To protect the wood top from future water damage, the vanity top was sealed and covered using a clear coat. Black and white octagon tile was used for the bathroom floor giving the bathroom the final classic touch.
“We wanted the kitchen to feel like an authentic soda fountain, but also wanted to blend new elements like granite and stainless steel into the design.” In addition to the black painted distressed maple cabinets, the homeowners chose elements like antique inspired cabinet hardware, a farmhouse style sink, and a red beadboard backsplash, giving the kitchen the desired soda fountain look and feel.
The biggest head turner of the entire kitchen is the antique hardwood store counter that was modified to serve as the kitchen island.
To give the island the function it needed, electrical outlets were added to provide power for small kitchen appliances and custom shelving (using matching stained oak) was added to store the microwave and other kitchen supplies.
Hand scraped hardwood floors with a desert maple finish were installed throughout the kitchen, eating nook and media area to give the basement a cohesive look.
Not only did the homeowners include antique elements in the kitchen and bathroom, they also incorporated the custom detailing to the basement entrance. The door was stripped of its original paint, repainted in a bright blue color and hung using antique inspired hardware, creating the perfect entrance to their one-of-a-kind basement.
Each element came together to create the perfect entertainment space for the couple. “Our favorite and most meaningful part of the whole remodel is having an area in our home where we can all gather as a family in one space.”
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