With most basement remodels, the end goal is to create a space suitable for all members of the family to enjoy on a daily basis. The same is true for the owners of this beautiful Zionsville home. “We wanted to accomplish the following: additional wine storage, an area for family game night and an open concept media room,” stated the homeowner. Accomplishing these needs were just the starting point to the design of this lower level.
To accommodate the additional storage needed to house their wine collection, the footprint of the wet bar had to completely change. The black painted cherry cabinetry and oil bronze mini pendants gave the wet bar the desired “winery” look and feel. The large wet bar offers plenty of space for pouring wine, as well as plenty of seating. Another seating area adjacent to the bar offers even more comfortable resting spots – perfect for hosting wine tastings.
During the design phase of the project, the homeowners were presented with different tile options for the backsplash. While sleeping on their decision, it suddenly dawned on the them to use their wine cork collection as the backsplash. A piece of plywood was cut to precisely fit the space and the corks were carefully tacked in one by one.
Additional Wine Storage:
Because the wet bar still did not offer ample storage, a custom shelving system was installed to showcase their favorite wines. But wait a second! The shelving system also serves as a secret passage to prime real estate underneath the staircase to store the rest of their wine collection. Sneaky!
Large Gaming Area:
No detail was spared in the design of the game room. A drink ledge was placed on the back wall keeping the wine glasses far away from the pool table. Stacked stone was also installed on the wall below the drink ledge giving the room a visually appealing pop. New black maple built-ins allowed the family to store their favorite board games and display their airplane models. To complete the look, a black vintage three-light chandelier was hung over the pool table.
“We knew from the beginning that we did not want an enclosed theater room, but we definitely wanted a media area. We really went around and around with the design until we hit upon the idea that the fireplace can be a TV area,” stated the homeowner. Again, the same black maple cabinetry and shelving was installed on each adjacent side of the brand new stacked stone fireplace giving the lower area a cohesive look. The wall framing under the staircase was also modified to make way for an enclosed A/V shelving unit.
The homeowners ended up with a space that truly brings their family together. “We barely ever went to the basement before the remodel. Now the whole family uses the basement every single day. We use it to entertain, we use it to watch movies and we use it for family game nights.”
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